Free school ‘sub-standard’ says operator
Confidence in free schools policy has suffered a series of blows amid concerns about standards that have already led to two closing
The company with a £21 million contract to operate the first free school run for profit in England has admitted pupils have been given a sub-standard education.
The free school IES Breckland, in Suffolk, is now undergoing “improvements” following an internal review and an Ofsted inspection that identified a number of shortcomings.
Free schools are championed by Education Secretary Michael Gove but confidence in the policy has suffered a series of blows amid concerns about standards that have already led to two closing. A third is under investigation by police after allegations of fraud were made.
Breckland is operated by the Swedish company Internationella Engelska Skolan (IES) which said in a statement to the TES: “We inspected our school in Breckland after the former principal stepped down and decided that it wasn’t representative of our schools or our vision of how our schools should be.
“With this in mind, we set to work to make improvements at the school so that it could provide the education the students deserve.”
Despite Government pledges that free schools, like other state schools, will not be run for profit, the private profit-seeking company IES has been brought in to manage Breckland.
The usual rules have been circumvented because the trust which founded the school awarded a 10-year contract to IES.
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
- 1 Forget 'The Dress': Here are five of the biggest news stories you might have missed
- 2 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 Saudi Muslim cleric claims the Earth is 'stationary' and the sun rotates around it
expenses on shoots: WORLDbytes: Volunteering with a media based charity,for a ...
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: A school in Tameside is currently l...
£50 - £70 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Tradewind are currently looking for ...
£15000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...