From The Economist: Why private schooling is on the decline in England
England’s private schools are struggling to attract pupils. Although the number of school-age children has risen since 2008, independent schools have barely grown. As a result, the proportion of children at such schools has slipped from 7.2% to 6.9%, with absolute numbers falling everywhere apart from the prosperous south-east (see chart). Why are English parents—a famously pushy bunch—increasingly reluctant to pay for their children’s education?