Napoli are “the best option” for James Rodriguez, claims the Colombian’s father, with a transfer to Italy favoured over one to England if another move away from Real Madrid is made.The South American playmaker has registered on the recruitment radar of those in the Premier League for some time, with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United credited with interest.Speculation has surfaced again this summer, with the exit door having been flung open at the Santiago Bernabeu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? James is back in Spain after a two-year loan spell at Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.They will not be taking up a purchase option and the 27-year-old is expected to remain out of favour in Madrid with Zinedine Zidane back at the Blancos’ helm.With another change of scenery likely, James’ father believes a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti in Serie A – a coach the former Porto star has previously worked with at Real and Bayern – makes the most sense.“I think a new change is what he needs for his career now, and [fellow Colombian] David Ospina is at Napoli now and I think he is very important,” Wilson Rodriguez told CalcioNapoli.“Napoli are the best option for him.“He has character and personality. Even at times of adversity, he’s always come out strongly. He was born for this, thank God.“Between him and Ancelotti, there was immediately a lot of respect. James is grateful to Carlo for what he did, he knows how to get the best out of him and that contributed to their great friendship.“The coach has always been very happy with his performances. I’ve heard about [the speculation] and I think a change is what he needs right now.”James, who also took in a spell with Monaco in Ligue 1 before heading to Madrid in 2014, is considered to have played the best football of his career to date under current Napoli boss Ancelotti.“Porto, Spain, Bayern, are all very different situations that I believe he has always faced with the same attitude,” Rodriguez senior added.“His best season remains that in Madrid with Carlo Ancelotti, but I am optimistic for the future.”
Traditionally this has been done by offering bursaries and fee discounts to children from disadvantaged families. However, many private schools now enter into partnerships with local state schools, which can include sharing teachers in specialist subjects or opening up their sports facilities. Private schools have been told to share teachers with local state schools, amid mounting pressure on them to justify their charitable status.The Department for Education (DfE) published new guidance on ways in which fee-paying schools should collaborate with their neighbouring state schools.Independent schools could allow state educated pupils to join their classes in subjects such as languages and Classics, it suggests. Private schools could also share facilities such as science laboratories with nearby state schools, it adds, while teachers from fee-paying institutions could share lesson plans and resources.The new guidance comes against a backdrop of growing pressure on the country’s most prestigious private schools to step up their efforts to help less well-off pupils.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Three quarters of independent schools in England are registered as charities, earning them favourable business rates and VAT exemptions on fees.To qualify as a charity they must demonstrate that they provide “public benefit” to a reasonably wide section of the public, rather than to a narrow group of wealthy individuals. Julie Robinson, general secretary of the Independent Schools Council, said: “The vast majority of independent schools have established partnership projects with state schools, at varying levels according to their capacity, for the benefit of all involved.”Through partnership work, we encourage all schools to continue supporting teacher training opportunities, sharing governance expertise and enriching the curriculum so that more children can thrive.”State schools are encouraged to sign a “memorandum of understanding” with their private school counterpart, where they enter into a formal agreement about their commitments. The DfE guidance also encourages universities to help struggling local state schools by for example, mentoring pupils who want to progress into higher education or training teachers. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Last month, the Education Secretary told private schools to open up their swimming pools to local primaries as part of a new Government plan to boost swimming lessons.Damian Hinds called on private schools to help children from neighbouring state primaries learn to swim by allowing them to use their sports facilities.Just over half of private schools already share their facilities with other schools, as well as some offering coaches to local primary schools. Lord Agnew, the schools minister, said: “When organisations across the education sector work together the positive impact on pupils can be huge – raising aspirations and unlocking young people’s potential. So much good work already goes on but I want to see more of it.”Ministers have backed down on proposals to scrap the charitable status of private schools that do not help out their state-school neighbours.A schools green paper and the Conservative election manifesto said that independent schools would be required to sponsor academies, forge formal partnerships with state schools or offer a significant number of bursaries to poorer children to retain their tax status.However, the plan has been quietly dropped and the DfE has since set up a new unit to facilitate partnerships between state and private schools.