Announcements are finally due to be made about the appointment of the new Regional Schools Commissioners.
For the uninitated, the Commissioners will work in geographically mad locations (see map) and will oversee all academies and free schools in that area. Essentially, they will act as devolved ‘Secretary of States’ in their region, but the four main functions the DfE say they will perform are:
- Monitoring performance and prescribing intervention
- Taking decisions about the creation of new schools (including free schools)
- Ensuring enough high quality sponsors available to meet local need
- Taking decisions on changes to open academies (e.g. should they be able to expand, change age range, etc).
Intriguingly, they will also be helped by a “HeadTeacher Board”. So far this has been a quieter part of the policy. However, I today discovered a letter from Frank Green, the National Schools Commissioner, which outlines how it will…
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