Regional Schools Commissioners 'must be more transparent'

In a hard-hitting report, the Education Select Committee has called on ministers to improve the transparency and accountability of England’s eight government-appointed Regional Schools Commissioners.

More needs to be done to improve the “transparency, accountability and the working relationships” of England’s eight Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs), MPs have said.

A report from the Education Select Committee warns that an increasingly complicated system of education oversight, accountability and inspection has led to a system that is “confused, fragmented, and lacking in transparency”.

Committee chairman, Neil Carmichael, said that RSCs are a product of the Department for Education’s (DfE) “acting first, thinking later” approach to big changes in the school system and urged ministers to design a “more coherent system”.

The report states: “The schools landscape – and the role of the RSCs – is continuing to evolve, and the RSCs now form part of an increasingly complicated system of oversight, accountability and inspection. A more fundamental reassessment of accountability and oversight for all schools will be required in the future to provide coherence.”

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