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Cognita UK halt

The private school chain chaired by former Ofsted chief inspector Chris Woodhead has put its UK projects on hold because of the recession. Cognita, which runs more than 50 schools - the majority in the UK - is now considering expanding in South America and the Gulf. It already has schools in Spain, Singapore and Thailand. Charles Robinson, the company's director of strategic development, said: "We expect the market to start picking up again in 2011."

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