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Govt flagship Free School branded 'inadequate' by Ofsted

A school in Suffolk at the heart of the government's flagship Free School programme has been placed in special measures. A report from the education watchdog Ofsted says the IES Breckland school at Brandon is 'inadequate'.

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"Much more work is needed but improvements have begun": Ofsted on IES Breckland

Ofsted have published their first monitoring inspection on IES Breckland since it was placed in special measures.

The Suffolk free school, which is the UK's first for profit state school, was rated inadequate by Ofsted in March.

Today the watchdog said there were still areas of teaching 'in need of urgent intervention' but that overall the school's improvement plan is 'fit for purpose.'

You can read Ofsted's full report here.

The school's principal, Alison Tilbrook, issued the following statement:**

Improvement is taking place every day, but it is an ongoing process and there is still a long way to go. One positive monitoring inspection is a good start, but everyone at the school must continue to work hard to ensure the positive steps that we have taken so far are just the beginning. I recognise the issues that are mentioned within the report and we will continue to work on overcoming them.

– Alison Tilbrook, Principal IES Breckland

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