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Minister defends free school programme

Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk and Skills Minister is defending the free school programme in light of IES Breckland being branded inadequate.

Ofsted’s report will say teaching at the school in Brandon is inadequate but Mr Hancock says the school is already taking action.

He’s also defended the free school programme saying overall results are better than in maintained schools.

Click below to watch Jonathan Wills interviewing Matthew Hancock MP

Excellent flagship school rated inadequate by Ofsted

A flagship free school in Suffolk has been branded inadequate by the education watchdog, Ofsted and put into special measures.

ITV News Anglia has learned that IES Breckland, the high school at Brandon, was praised just a few months ago by the Department for Education.

But an inspection by Ofsted in January which will be published later this week takes a very different view. It says the teaching was inadequate, students were not making progress and some lessons were disrupted by bad behaviour.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Education Correspondent Elodie Harper

Click here for details of the Ofsted report on IES Breckland School


UK's first for profit school 'inadequate'

Britain's first for profit school has been placed in special measures by Ofsted.

I has been judged inadequate. The Suffolk school was inspected in January.

A report which is due to be published on Thursday by OFSTED will say the IES Breckland in Brandon school is inadequate. The Suffolk Free School has been open for 15 months and replaced Breckland Middle School.

The headteacher says the school is already taking action to improve. If you are a parent we'd like to hear from you, email us at or contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

Cambridge student missing on Malaysian Airlines flight

A PhD student who studied at Cambridge has been named as a passenger on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

Yuchen Li, who's 27, and a graduate of Churchill College is said to have been on board flight MH370 which was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Friday.

The news was confirmed in a tweet from Churchill College where Mr Li is reported to have studied engineering. The college said he recently got married.

Top motorcycle racer to inspire Northampton girls

Maria Costello. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Top motorcycle racer Maria Costello will be aiming to inspire teenage girls in Northampton to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths when she visits them today.

The former world record holder, who was born in the town, is due to speak at the University of Northampton's Girls Going Global event as part of International Women's Day.


Parents to protest over council plans to relocate school

Essex County Council has proposed moving Farnham Primary School. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Parents are due to stage a protest this afternoon against plans to relocate their children's school.

Essex County Council says there are too few children in the catchment area of Farnham Primary's current site at Bishop's Stortford while nearby Stansted is experiencing an increase in demand for places.

It hopes to move the school to St John's Road in the nearby village.

Parents opposed to the proposal plan to hold a demonstration at the end of the school day.

Adjudicator overturns decision to close school

The Deans School in Thundersley. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The schools adjudicator has overturned a decision to close a school in Essex.

The county council had agreed to close the Deanes School, in Thundersley, near Southend, over concerns about falling pupil numbers - despite protests from parents, pupils and teachers.

The school's governing body appealed against the decision and today schools adjudicator David Lennard Jones upheld that appeal.

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