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Kunskapsskolan UK boss changes roles

Steve Bolingbroke has stepped down from his role as the UK managing director of Swedish schools firm Kunskapsskolan.
He remains with the group, however, and since 1 October has moved over to become chief executive of the Learning Schools Trust, the charity which runs the academies Kunskapsskolan sponsors. He replaces John Baumber, who formally steps down at Christmas.
Bolingbroke will not be replaced as Kunskapsskolan's UK head, though group chief executive Cecilia Carnefeldt will add the firm's operations in the UK to her existing portfolio of responsibilities.
The move is a recognition of the fact the majority of Kunskapsskolan's work in the UK is through the Learning Schools Trust, which now runs four schools.
Kunskapsskolan hoped to use the trust to showcase the benefits of its educational model. The move was intended to help it in its long term ambitions to run more schools for profit both in the UK and beyond. 
So far, though, the coalition has retained the rules barring firms from running state schools on a for-profit basis. 
Earlier this year, Bolingbroke told EducationInvestor that, "Until such time as the maintained schools sector is more suitable for investment, Kunskapsskolan is concentrating on investing in other markets around the world. Activity in the UK will be focused on the academies within our not-for-profit trust."

Posted on: 16/10/2013

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