Resist the Temptation to Withhold School Fees

If you want your child's school to survive, then resist the temptation to withhold school fees, even if you feel you are taking on the brunt of the work in your new role as teacher and principal of your own home school.
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Should you stop paying school fees now your children are being home schooled? Not if you want a school for them to return to when the crisis is over, a lobby group representing Britain's private schools, the Independent Schools Council (ISC),  argues.

Private schools will face the same risk of closure as other small businesses if they lose money, the Chairman of the ICC and a former headmaster of Harrow School, Barnaby Lenon, has pleased with parents to remember.

The UK became the latest of a growing list of countries to close schools this week in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Speaking to The Telegraph newspaper Mr Lennon said, "Independent schools are small businesses and they are in the same boat as everyone else...

"Schools will want to carry on setting a marking work and delivering online lessons for the next two or three months, in which case the teachers will need to be employed, the teachers will need to be paid, and that's a justification for a fee.

"In the end, a bit will depend on the ability of schools being able to demonstrate that they are doing the best that they can. A bit will depend on the patience and generosity of parents, but schools intend to keep going as far as they reasonably can."

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