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BBC Education

Half of all parents would send their children to private schools if they could afford it, a survey suggests.

The Sutton Trust, a charity which gives deprived children access to independent schools, is calling for the government to fund places. Its survey, carried out by Mori on 644 parents, found 28% would be quite likely, and 22% very likely, to choose a private education, if affordable. The Sutton Trust found 29% of parents probably would not - and 15% definitely would not - educate their children privately, whatever the cost. The remaining 6% were unsure.

But 62% of parents said state pupils were disadvantaged compared with those at private schools when applying for university.

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