• National schools commissioner Sir David Carter to step down

    The national schools commissioner will retire from the civil service at the end of this academic year, he has announced. Sir David Carter, who has served in the role since February 2016, will step down at the end of August. In a video message recorded to announce his retirement, Carter described “the most amazing, brilliant

    0.01 Apr. 27th, 2018 | News

  • Cost of regional schools commissioners soars to £26 million

    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 Week can reveal. The price tag for the commissioners and their teams is expected to rise again for the current financial year, to an estimated £31.2 million,

    15.00 Oct. 25th, 2017 | News

  • Auditors flag increase in financially 'unviable' academy trusts

    Auditors are increasingly raising the alarm about academy trusts at risk of running out of money, with chains raiding reserves and eyeing expansion to pay off deficits. A Schools Week analysis of annual accounts has revealed a prevailing picture of “unviable trusts”. The Rodillian Trust, which sponsors three schools in West Yorkshire, used more than

    5.00 Feb. 3rd, 2017 | News

  • Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner

    It’s been an 11-month wait for an interview with David Carter, the lead kingmaker in the new world of education. Since Schools Week started we’ve tracked the eight regional schools commissioners, civil servants who control all decisions on school and academy trust openings, closures and significant changes. The national commissioner, their leader, is the most

    5.00 Dec. 16th, 2016 | Features

  • Carter: £140m funding pot shows shift from 'mass conversion to mass improvement'

    Sir David Carter, the national schools commissioner, has said the new £140 million strategic school improvement fund proves the government’s intentions have shifted from “mass conversion to mass improvement”. The Department for Education announced the pot of funding on Wednesday, which Carter explained today will go towards four targeted issues. Carter said the cash aims to create “less patchy”

    11.52 Dec. 2nd, 2016 | News