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Bedford holiday company offers to pay parents' fines

A skiing holiday company offering to pay parents' fines for taking their children away during term time has been condemned by the National Association of Headteachers.

Parents who take children out of school have to pay a fine for unauthorised absence of £60 per child, per parent.

But Mountain Base, a company based in Bedford, has said it would cover the costs of the fine, to allow families to book term time holidays. Lauren Hall reports

MP reaction to IES Breckland Ofsted report

Tristram Hunt MP and Labour's Shadow Education Secretary has responded to the publication of the Ofsted inspection into IES Breckland Free School.

This is more evidence of the damage David cameron's Free School policy is doing to school standards. The lack of local oversight and a policy that allows unqualified teachers into classrooms on a permanent basis is the wrong approach."

– Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Education Secretary


IES Operating Manager responds to damning Ofsted

IES Breckland is the first school run for profit in Britain. IES - which stands for International English Schools - is a Swedish company which runs a chain of for profit schools in Sweden.

In 2012 the company won a ten year contract from the government to run a free school in Brandon.

This contract will pay the school a maximum of £21million.

The Operating Manager of IES Sweden, Peter John Files, took questions from ITV News Anglia earlier this week about what mistakes the company had made, and whether IES owed parents an apology for such a damning Ofsted report.

School working hard to get out of special measures

IES Breckland's new principal, Alison Tilbrook, has said that she is working to get the school out of special measures as soon as possible.

Earlier this week ITV News Anglia put Ofsted's criticisms to her, including their finding that some children's learning in English had declined since starting at the school.

ITV News Anglia's reporter Elodie Harper also asked whether the UK's first for profit school had yet made any money.

Children and parents raise money to pay for lollipop lady

Blisworth Community Primary School
Children at Blisworth Community Primary School take part in a sponsored relay walk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Children and parents at Blisworth in Northamptonshire are raising money to pay for the village lollipop lady themselves.

This morning they held a sponsored relay-walk around the playground of Blisworth Community Primary School. The school needs to raise £2700 in order to fund the crossing-patrol on the busy A43 for a year.

In 2010 Northamptonshire County Council announced that it would have to stop funding the patrols as part of plans to save £73 million a year from council budgets.

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