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'The role of Regional Schools Commissioners' report publication announced

15 January 2016

The Education Committee announced the publication of its first report of session 2015-16 'The role of Regional Schools Commissioners' for Wednesday 20 January 2016.

Background of the report

Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) were appointed in 2014 with responsibility for approving and monitoring academies and free schools in their region.

The report investigates issues around the expanding role of RSCs, their resources, capacity, impact and accountability. The Education and Adoption Bill, currently going through Parliament, envisages an expanded role for Regional School Commissioners, giving RSCs greater powers to intervene in schools (both council-maintained and academies) that are deemed to be struggling.

Embargoed copies and media inquiries information

Embargoed electronic copies of the report can be provided upon request to the Government departments, oral evidence witnesses, and the media on Monday 18 January 2016.

Requests should be sent to by the morning of Monday 18 January 2016.

All media inquiries should be addressed to Gary Calder -, 020 7219 7556 / 07917 488622.

The report can be viewed on the Education Committee's website from 00.01am on Wednesday 20 January 2016, and is also available from The Stationery Office (0845 702 3474) and the Houses of Parliament Shop (020 7219 3890).

Further information

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