The vast majority of private schools place greater emphasis on communication, manners and confidence in day-to-day school life than most government funded schools.
The children of fee-paying parents are treated to confidence-boosting debating classes and interview coaching, providing a leg-up to top Universities and eventually to high-powered careers.
During talks at an academy school in west London, the shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg said: “If we are to break down the barriers that stop some bright young people succeeding, then being articulate and confident is critical. Spoken skills have not had enough of a focus within state schools but it is clear this needs to change.”
Mr Twigg has called for compulsory interview and public speaking coaching for all state schools in the UK. He hopes that this will help bright young people reach their potentials in what has recently been dubbed by the Education Secretary as a ‘profoundly unequal society’.
Many graduates applying for their first jobs out of University lack sufficient communication, negotiation and public speaking skills. Regardless of qualifications and academic ability, potential employers will be put off if an applicant can’t absorb or present critical information in a clear, confident and coherent manner.
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