Private schools should be doing more to support academies as part of their charitable remit, according to a former schools minister.
Lord Adonis said that many of these institutions are failing in their charitable endeavours, suggesting that the issue is compounded by the degree of separation that exists between state and private education.
The BBC reports that he said trustees of private schools should consider their charitable duties a "matter of conscience and duty".
Lord Adonis, who served as education minister before becoming transport secretary under the previous government, has been a major support of the academies programme, which he is credited for helping to introduce in this country.
The news provider reports that he told an audience at the London Festival of Education: "To those in the private school world who are reluctant to embrace academies, I appeal to their professionalism and their charitable missions."
According to the Department for Education, as of this month there are 2,456 academies open in England.