138.The introduction of RSCs is a pragmatic approach to the expanding workload of academies oversight. It is clear that in many areas RSCs are working hard and are being ably supported by their Headteacher Boards. However, further work is needed to improve their transparency, accountability and working relationships in order to continue with progress towards appropriate intermediate structures between Whitehall and individual schools. Without attention to these issues, RSCs will be seen as undemocratic and opaque, and the Government must ensure that such concerns are acted on. It is important that the Government continues to monitor the work of RSCs as their responsibilities change, and as the mixture of different types of school alters over time. In the future a more fundamental reassessment will be required.
Prepared 18 January 2016