Tag: RSCs

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Not a single failing school became an academy less than nine months after an inspection in at least 26 local authorities over the past three years, Schools Week...
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The headteacher boards have been ignoring post-16 and SEND experts in their decisions on academisation – even though the government promised they would be included. The Department for...
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The government has released the latest data showing the performance of the regional school commissioners in their second year of the job. A new set of performance indicators...
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The schools commissioners have morphed into a privileged, parallel middle tier with no discussion on role or accountability, argues Jonathan Crossley-Holland When I first submitted a Freedom of...
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The cost of the national and regional schools commissioners has sky-rocketed, from just £4 million when the roles were established in 2014 to £26 million last year, Schools...
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As one regional schools commissioner ponders whether a school can voluntarily quit its multi-academy trust, education consultant Simon Foulkes examines the legal issues Schools occasionally leave one multi-academy...
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A regional schools commissioner is about to make an “unprecedented” decision on whether a primary school can voluntarily quit its multi-academy trust. Christine Quinn, the RSC for the...
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The government has brought local authorities back into the fold as part of new “sub-regional improvement boards” set up to advise school commissioners on struggling schools. The structure,...
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A regional schools commissioner who temporarily stepped in to preside over another area has agreed 21 academy conversions and approved the opening of a new sixth form at...
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The nomination process to elect headteachers and academy trust bosses onto influential boards that advise regional schools commissioners has launched today. The Department for Education has given top...
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The editorial last week led to more responses than any other in Schools Week’s history. Here, one headteacher board member responds to the criticism – and our editor...
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Regional schools commissioner Tim Coulson is stepping down from the role to head up a multi-academy trust – leaving just three originals RSCs still in post. Coulson, commissioner...
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There aren’t enough good academy sponsors ready to take over the number of failing schools in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, a new analysis of regional school commissioner (RSC)...
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A local authority has taken the unusual step of pleading with a regional schools commissioner for an inadequate academy to get a new sponsor. Wolverhampton council wrote to...
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A schools commissioner offered a troubled academy trust a “sweetheart deal” to quietly shift its schools to avoid information about its failings being made public. Jennifer Bexon-Smith (pictured),...
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An academy permitted by its regional schools commissioner to change the year groups it admits has cancelled the plan for September after just nine pupils applied for places....
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The fourth resignation of a regional schools commissioner in the past 19 months illustrates how the government is doing little more than using “sticking plasters” to deal with...
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Vicky Beer, regional schools commissioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire, is stepping down after less than a year and a half in post to head up a new...
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After a six-month battle with the government, Schools Week has obtained the data used by ministers to assess the performance of the eight regional schools commissioners. The figures,...
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The government stopped judging regional commissioners on how many schools in their regions were in need of an academy trust after figures revealed far more sponsors were needed...
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The government has issued its firmest statement yet that trusts should avoid running geographically isolated schools, raising serious questions over who will operate the far-flung academies that nobody...
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When Janet Renou gave her first interview to Schools Week in 2014, just 13 per cent of schools in her region were academies, well below the national figure...
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Christine Quinn is the newest regional schools commissioner, filling the shoes of Pank Patel who presided over significant growth in the number of academies in the region. Quinn,...
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Schools commissioners will not create additional spaces on their advisory boards for members from post-16 or special needs settings, but will be expected to consult experts when making...
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The government continued judging regional schools commissioners (RSCs) on how many schools they converted into academies last year despite fears about a conflict of interest, a key report has...
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Former grammar school head Martin Post oversees an area spanning parts of London, the south-east and several home counties. Analysis of the government’s open academies and free schools...
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Dominic Herrington started his tenure with a distinct advantage over his colleagues. As a Department for Education insider – he had been the director of its academies group...
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It’s been two years since the first regional schools commissioners and their headteacher boards were appointed. To keep you up to date, Schools Week is running four updates...
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It’s been two years since the first regional schools commissioners and their headteacher boards were appointed. To keep you up to date, Schools Week is running four updates...
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It’s been two years since the first regional schools commissioners and their headteacher boards were appointed. To keep you up to date, Schools Week is running four updates...
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It’s been two years since the first regional schools commissioners and their headteacher boards were appointed. To keep you up to date, Schools Week is running four updates...
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A landmark judicial review that was set to shine a light on decisions made behind closed doors by regional schools commissioners has been settled out of court. The...
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The country’s 100 weakest academies will be singled out for increased government scrutiny from January as the schools commissioner ramps up implementation of his masterplan to improve failing...
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Ministers have been accused of dragging their feet over the publication of a key academies document that will reveal how schools commissioners are judged. Education secretary Justine Greening...
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The government has been warned that it is vulnerable to further legal action over a lack of “structure and consistency” in decisions by schools commissioners. The Department for...
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Academy trusts will be judged on their schools’ Ofsted ratings, published performance measures on progress and attainment and their improvement over time before being allowed to expand as...
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An academy chain whose founders have a government contract to provide advisers to help regional schools commissioners judge the quality of struggling schools is to have its nine...
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Nicky Morgan has overruled one of her regional schools commissioners who told a council boss not to meet with academy heads over standards in their schools. The education...
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Special schools are at risk of being “lost” as the government moves towards an all-academy system, a special educational needs and disability (SEND) school leader has warned. Simon...
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A new regional school commissioner (RSC) for the West Midlands has been appointed to replace Pank Patel. Christine Quinn, the executive principal and chief executive of Ninestiles Academy...
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Two grades, three categories, central data analysis and no aggregation. Go on Amanda Spielman, urges Matt Hood, what do you say to that? We have a new Ofsted...
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Sir Michael Wilshaw and Sir David Carter will appear together at the first evidence hearing next week of the select committee’s inquiry into multi-academy trusts. The pair often...
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Four deputy directors have now been appointed to support regional schools commissioners and their rising workload. Schools Week revealed last week how the new senior civil servants were...
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The memorandum of understanding between the Catholic church and the government is little more than a written definition about their working relationship, says Paul Barber Much has been...
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Six months ago I sat in a room in Oxfordshire full of top school leaders – mostly chiefs of multi-academy trusts – and chaired a discussion where they...
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The Queen’s Speech revealed plans to extend the powers of the Regional Schools Commissioners. But who are they? Eight regional school commissioners were appointed last summer and currently...
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There are the challenges of securing sufficient places, teachers and funding, but with a majority government and an experienced secretary of state, the government has an extraordinary opportunity...
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Headteacher boards, the first attempt to move power to the regions, deserve the support of school leaders eadteacher boards (HTBs) are now up and running in each of...