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Regional Schools Commissioners: Committee publishes Government response

20 April 2016

The Education Committee has published the Government's response to the Committee's report on Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs).

Committee Report suggestions

In January, the Education Committee published a report on the role of Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) which called for the Department for Education to act to improve the transparency, accountability and working relationships of RSCs.

Chair's comment

Neil Carmichael, Chair of the Education Committee, said:

"Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) play a powerful role in our educational system, but their work is not widely understood. Whilst the Committee welcomes the Government’s moves to improve the accountability of RSCs, there is still a long way to go, particularly in terms of transparency and oversight.

The Government’s aspiration for all schools to become academies by 2022 makes this even more important. We shall return to this issue, and look forward to hearing from the new National Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter, as part of our inquiry into Multi-Academy Trusts."

RSCs and Multi Academy Trusts

Eight RSCs were appointed in 2014 with responsibility for approving and monitoring academies and free schools in their region. There are now over 5,000 academies and the Government’s White Paper ('Educational Excellence Everywhere') sets out how the Government intended to convert all state-funded schools in England to academy status by 2022.

The House of Commons Education Committee is currently holding an inquiry into the performance, accountability, and governance of Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs). The moves towards a fully academised system is likely to result in more MATs in the future. The deadline for written evidence is Monday 25 April 2016.

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