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Profiteers circle schools

Issue No. 2288

Parents, children and campaigners from Haringey, north London marched against academies last week (Pic: http://www.guysmallman.com/Guy Smallman )

Parents, children and campaigners from Haringey, north London marched against academies last week (Pic: Guy Smallman)


A profit-making company will run a Suffolk school on a ten year contract worth £21 million.

Swedish firm Internationella Engelska Skolan (IES) will take control of Breckland Middle School.

Michael Gove gave the go‑ahead for the plan last week.

It exposes the Tories’ real agenda—not to “raise standards” but to rip the system apart and hand chunks of it to firms to make money.

Already, other firms are circling schools.

IES and Kunskapsskolan, another Swedish firm that runs three academies, plan to run chains of up to ten free schools.

But Kunskapsskolan’s boss Steve Bolingbroke doesn’t like the firm being called “for profit”—though he admitted it “might leverage a return” on its investment.

He added that one way of doing this is to “make efficiencies”.

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