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an enhanced role for local authorities in education?

6 September 2018

Sir Michael Wilshaw, former Principal and Chief Inspector at Ofsted, has suggested that local authorities or elected mayors should have a role in local education and ensuring school standards. Sir Michael has indicated that the current system of support via the RSCs has not improved the situation from when local authorities had greater powers in relation to all schools and he felt that both systems did not support and challenge schools effectively. The comments from Sir Michael may arise from his concerns about the performance of RSCs and the fact that there appears to be limited stability within RSC offices given the regular movement from RSCs into the academy sector.

At present, these are merely comments more in relation to the effectiveness of the RSC network as opposed to a wish for local authorities to regain former powers across all state funded schools. Given the changes announced by the Secretary of State in relation to streamlining accountability across academies, it would not appear that any return to local authority intervention is likely in the academy sector.

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