DfE publishes information about Regional Schools Commissioners
April 25, 2016
In response to calls for greater transparency, the Department for Education (DfE) has increased the amount of published information about the role of Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs). This includes an “RSC decision making framework” which describes the role of RSCs, terms of reference for the Headteacher Boards which advise and challenge RSCs, and regional vision statements.
The new publications come in the same week as the government response to the House of Commons’ Education Select Committee’s report on RSCs was published. The response broadly restates the positions put forth by the DfE during the inquiry and there is no intention to make substantive policy changes based on the committee’s recommendations. It does reveal that, although responsibility for London will remain divided between three RSCs, the national schools commissioner Sir David Carter intends to convene a ‘pan-London’ group of education leaders to ensure sufficient capacity in the capital.