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Regional Schools Commissioners: Lifting the veil

The world of Regional Schools Commissioners and Headteacher Boards has long seemed opaque. Brian Rossiter looks at how the system has evolved and advises on how school leaders can best engage with their RSC

There is a certain degree of mystery surrounding the workings of the Schools Commissioner office. This is not helpful. It allows rumours and half-truths to abound about the organisation and the accountability of schools and academies.

The decisions made by this office have modified and created the academy, free school, studio school and UTC landscape we have today. This body, set up in 2014, has a central National Schools Commissioner and eight Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) offices around England.

Why should we, as teachers across all age ranges, be interested in this organisation? Because they are hugely influential in defining educational structure and educational delivery across the country. The more we know the better we can understand what is happening around us and to us.

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