Annal Nayyar Reports Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) now in post

Regional schools commissioners (RSCs) are responsible for making important decisions about the academies and free schools in their area on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education.

Their main responsibilities are to:

  • monitor the performance of the academies in their area
  • take action when an academy is underperforming
  • decide on the creation of new academies
  • make recommendations to ministers about free school applications
  • encourage organisations to become academy sponsors
  • approve changes to open academies, including:
    • changes to age ranges
    • mergers between academies
    • changes to multi-academy trust arrangements

RSCs get support from headteacher boards (HTBs). HTBs are made up of experienced academy headteachers who advise and challenge RSCs.

RSCs are accountable to the Schools Commissioner.


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