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Tory party considers shakeup of Bromley Council education system

Bromley Council, which is controlled by the Tory party, is currently considering a review of the education system in the region. Due to a lack of school places in some of the better schools in the area the council is looking at the possibility of subsidising private education with grants of up to £4700 per pupil put forward.

The scheme is at a very early stage to say the least and the use of state funding to cover private education is a subject which is sure to polarise various parties in the UK. The council is looking at the possibility, and legal aspects, of using retained funds from the education budget which are normally spent on free school meals, special needs schools, nurseries and "exceptional circumstances". Again, as we approach the next general election the subject of education in the UK, both state and private schooling, is sure to be a hot topic.

A number of councils have attempted this particular type of scheme in the past only to fall foul of teaching unions who have been very vocal in their opposition to this particular use of state funding. It will be interesting to see how the council fares from both a legal and moral standpoint and whether the scheme is actually put into place.

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