It can, a leading economist argues, but only if it targets disadvantaged areas and gives schools plenty of autonomy.
Evidence shows that in the independent sector, where schools depend on fees, it is often the case that once you control for family background, the actual benefits of private schooling disappear. But in systems where access is not limited by selection or wealth, privately-managed schools can contribute to better outcomes.
Can the private sector play a helpful role in education? | Education | guardian.co.uk.