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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.

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