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

resourcing concerns for regional school commissioners

20 November 2015

Our recent School Leaders Survey identified a significant level of concern across school leaders about the capacity of Regional School Commissioners to fully undertake the tasks set by government. The RSCs already have an important role in overseeing academies within the eight regional areas and approving academy conversions and sponsored academy projects. If the Education & Adoption Bill becomes law, those commissioners will have an enhanced role in respect of maintained schools with an emphasis on raising standards at coasting schools through a programme of support and challenge and potentially academy conversion.

More than 50% of respondents questioned whether RSCs were sufficiently resourced to undertake these key tasks. Given the importance of the RSC as a 'middle tier' between central government and schools, it is clearly necessary for RSCs to be properly resourced. In addition, RSCs will be reliant on the support of academy trusts where intervention is required. Our survey also found that less than 10% of leaders identified expanding their school group as a major priority. The RSCs will need to be persuasive enlisting the support of academy trusts.

related opinions

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

Welcome news for sixth form colleges looking to academise

The Government has accepted calls from sixth form colleges to reopen the option to become academies.

View blog

RSE guidance issued - but do teachers feel ready?

In our previous blog we updated you on the new requirements to teach relationships, health and sex education (elements of which are phase specific) which will become mandatory in September 2020.

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up