Sir David Carter to take over as National Schools Commissioner
January 15, 2016
The Department for Education (DfE) has appointed Sir David Carter as the new National Schools Commissioner (NSC) from 1 February 2016. He takes over in February from Frank Green who has held the post since 2014.
The NSC leads the team of eight Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) to:
Support the creation of new academies and free schools and recruiting high quality academy sponsors
Improve the performance of underperforming academies and free schools
Should the Education and Adoption Bill (currently before Parliament) pass in its current form, from the 2016-17 academic year RSCs will also be responsible for intervening in failing and ‘coasting’ maintained schools.
With increased emphasis from Regional Schools Commissioners and the DfE on formal collaboration between schools, governing boards from both maintained schools and stand-alone academies should inform themselves of all the options available to them.