logo-education
0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

will RSCs monitor big chains?

2 September 2014

Sir Michael Wilshaw has renewed his demand for chains of academies to be allowed to be inspected after a report focused on Academies Enterprise Trust revealed that over half of its academies required improvement.

As the number of reports expressing concern about the larger chains’ performance increases, the clamour for effective monitoring and support for them will become louder.

The current situation raises interesting questions about whether the gap left by local authorities in monitoring and supporting schools has been effectively filled in connection with academies, particularly in connection with academy chains - see our report.

The potential 'middle tier' in this sense may be the newly appointed Regional School Commissioners (RSCs). It is unclear from the proposed scope of their work whether their current role includes monitoring of the larger groups but it would be intriguing to see over the coming months whether RSCs will become involved in monitoring the performance of academy groups.

related opinions

Is the SEND system working?

A recent report from the Local Government Ombudsman has highlighted significant concerns with the operation of the SEND system which is resulting in 87% of parental complaints against local authorities on SEND being upheld by the Ombudsman.

View blog

Second prosecution of its kind following Ofsted investigation for running an illegal school

A Head Teacher and her father were convicted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for running an unregistered private school in Streatham.

View blog

School uniform under media spotlight

The new academic year has started with controversy over school uniform. Last week, a government inquiry heard evidence that costs for parents are being exacerbated by compulsory branded uniform, including clothing with school logos, and operating contractual arrangements for the supply of these items with single retailers.

View blog

Education Secretary confirms DfE 'backing' for exclusions

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has confirmed that head teachers who take “the decision to either suspend or expel a pupil because they need to do it in order to be able to enforce proper and full discipline in their school, and making sure that they're protecting the whole interests of the school, will always have my backing".

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up