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State schools and the private sector revolution
Education reforms spearheaded by Michael Gove are set to open the floodgates to an unprecedented level of commercial involvement in British learning after a Swedish company was given the go-ahead last week to run a Suffolk school.
The education secretary gave the green light to Breckland Middle School in Suffolk to be renamed IES Breckland and run under a £21m, 10-year contract by Swedish for-profit firm Internationella Engelska Skolan (IES). The introduction of a profit-seeking company into the management of the school is allowed because of a technicality - the founder of the school is a charitable trust that has decided to outsource the entirety of the management to a fee-charging company – whose global business has a turnover of £60m a year, earning profits of £5m, according to analysis by the Adam Smith Institute.