Something or other has popped into Owen Smith’s head. Oh, well, whether or not he means a word of it, at least he has opened up the debate a bit.
In England, the commercial schools sector inspects itself.
Therefore, let the condition of a commercial school’s continuing charitable status be its having been adjudged satisfactory or better by Ofsted, using the same criteria as for state schools, with the reports published.
And with the value-added measure applied, thereby requiring those schools to have demonstrated how they had improved pupils’ abilities.
What better way to assess entitlement or otherwise to exemption from Value Added Tax?