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A new middle tier?

21 November 2013

Proposals from the Department for Education are set to establish a new middle tier to oversee the growing number of free schools and academies. A group of Chancellors and boards of upto 6 heads from outstanding academies will be created in 8 regions covering England to investigate issues arising in free schools and academies and to change sponsors and management in those failing schools. Whilst reports suggest the proposal has been on the table for a year, it is particularly apt given the recent run of high profile cases of mismanagement in free schools and academies.

The proposal also appears to support the views of school leaders as responses to our thought leadership document indicates (http://www.education-advisors.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Exploring-system-leadership-in-an-increasingly-academised-sector.pdf) – effective academies having a greater role in shaping good practice in their regions. This proposal represents a clear opportunity to put the theory behind the benefits of a school led system into practice.

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