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clarity required over Regional Schools Commissioners

20 January 2016

A recent report from the Education Select Committee has criticised the DfE’s 'act first, think later' approach to the creation of RSCs, who were introduced to provide oversight given the increasing numbers of academies. That role will be further increased with the proposed powers of school intervention under the Education & Adoption Bill. The report suggests that greater clarity is required about the role and powers of the RSC as well as ensuring that the system is fit for purpose and provides a robust framework of accountability for all schools.

Given the wide ranging concerns regarding accountability within the education sector, the report identifies a clear need to provide transparency and coherency for all within education. By providing that clarity, the DfE could ensure that future decision making, working practices and approaches to intervention proposed by the Bill across the RSC network will be subject to greater consistency which can only be a benefit.

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