The role of Regional Schools Commissioners Contents


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction


Our inquiry

A “missing middle”? A brief history of the case for intermediate structures

2 The responsibilities of Regional Schools Commissioners

Current responsibilities of the RSCs

Expected further expansion of the role

The role of the national Schools Commissioner

Clarity of the role in a complex environment

Confusion amongst parents

Division of responsibilities between RSCs and LAs—including safeguarding

Consistency of approach and standards

Developing a vision for the regions

Knowledge and skills required to be an RSC

The future of the role

3 The RSC regions

Size of the regions and access to local knowledge

Variation in challenge

The design of the regions

The division of London between three regions


4 Capacity to fulfil their role

Staff resources

Current and future caseload

Use of advisers

Working through others

5 Headteacher Boards

The role of Headteacher Boards

Headteacher Board membership

Membership and appointment processes



6 Impact

Impact so far—by levels of activity

Key Performance Indicators

Impact as measured by existing KPIs

How should the impact of RSCs be measured?

7 Accountability and transparency

Accountability as civil servants

Management of conflicts of interest


Headteacher Board minutes

Decision-making frameworks

8 Relationships with other stakeholders

Relationship with local authorities

Formal protocols

Data sharing

Relationships with Ofsted

Relationships with MATs

Challenging decisions

Interaction with schools

Interaction with local communities


9 Conclusion

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex 1: Programme for the Committee’s visit to Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry, 17 November 2015

Appendix 1: Data provided by DfE on RSC performance against their KPIs

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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