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  3. FREE schools have become the most feared Swedish export since the Vikings.

    Former education secretary Michael Gove based many of his hated reforms on Sweden’s for-profit school sector.

    And British teachers are set to receive a warning from across the waters about the pillage of the country’s schools from a senior Swedish teacher.

    Teachers’ union Lararforbundet official Linda Norrby will explain to a Sertuc education conference how the system left 10,000 children without school places last year and saw national results slump.

    Anti-Academies Alliance chair Bridget Chapman said: “The introduction of the profit-motive into the Swedish education system has been deeply problematic and has led to a reduction in standards.

    “We want to learn some lessons from Sweden before the same thing happens here. ”

    The Swedish Lessons conference will take place on Saturday February 7 at TUC Congress House. Email sertuc@tuc.org.uk for details.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-995f-Lessons-to-be-learned-from-failings-of-Swedish-system#.VLZZly5wZpk

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  14. Dame on the make?

    NINETY-THREE per cent of British children go to state schools but the very highest education award in the New Year’s honours list was a Damehood for Helen Fraser, outgoing Chief Exec of the Girls Day School Trust (GDST), a network of 26 private schools.

    GDST is merely posh rather than full-on elite, with typical schools charging £5,000 a term for non-boarding pupils.

    Maybe GDST parents are what May means when she talks about the Just About Managing. The trust makes £254 million a year in fees, with a £250,000 salary going to their highest-paid director — presumably Fraser.

    This is apparently a “service to education” deserving a “Dame Commander” award. Fraser’s trust likes to boast about bursaries — and gets charitable status in return — but only one in five pupils get “assistance” with fees.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-7094-Westlake-on-the-take#.WHi9OH2bIdU

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