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Emma Bishton's picture
IES Breckland appears to be in a bit of trouble. IES Breckland, readers of this site may be aware, is the first of the free schools allowed to be run by a for-profit provider  - the profits going to its Swedish parent company, Internationella Engelska Skolan (IES).  Its head teacher, Sherry Zand, resigned over the weekend just a couple of weeks after the school was last in the news for sacking six teachers.

IES (whose parent company Internationella Engelska Skolan is one of the largest free school companies in Sweden), says there are three pillars to its ethos:

1) Enjoy a safe and calm learning environment where teachers can teach and students can learn
2) Master high standards of literacy and numeracy
3) Thrive in response to challenges and high academic expectations.

I don't know what the circumstances of the headteacher's resignation are. But I do know that her vacancy adds to a list for that school which, since last half-term, now includes the heads of English, Maths and MFL as well as four other teachers. Hardly a sound basis on which to provide "a calm learning environment in which pupils will master high standards of literacy and numeracy". And not exactly a ringing endorsement of the free schools programme. Is the DfE bothered, one wonders, about the impact on the pupils and staff left to deal with all this upheaval?
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