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Education Committee questions RSCs and National Schools Commissioner

8 April 2021

The Education Committee will question the National Schools Commissioner and three Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) from across England in a session examining the role and responsibilities of RSCs.

Background

RSCs were introduced in 2014 and are responsible for intervening in underperforming academies in their region and approving new free schools. Since their introduction they have also been given responsibility for tackling underperformance in maintained schools through sponsored academy arrangement. This includes making decisions on the conversion of maintained schools to academies. The National Schools Commissioner is responsible for holding the RSCs to account.

Purpose of the session

The session will be a chance for the Committee to explore the role of RSCs, as well as how they are resourced, the support they have been providing to schools during the covid-19 pandemic, and their relationship with Ofsted and local authorities.

Witnesses

Tuesday 13th April

At 10am

  • Dominic Herrington, National Schools Commissioner
  • Vicky Beer CBE, Regional Schools Commissioner, Lancashire and West Yorkshire
  • Sue Baldwin, Regional Schools Commissioner, East of England and North-East London
  • Andrew Warren, Regional Schools Commissioner, West Midlands

Further information

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