All regional schools commissioners are employed under a contract of employment with the Department for Education.
The Regional Schools Commissioners carry out the following functions on behalf of the Secretary of State:
Monitoring the performance of academies and free schools in their area;
Taking action when an academy or free school is underperforming;
Taking decisions on local authority maintained schools wishing to convert to academy status;
Approving changes to open academies, including age range changes, mergers between academies, and changes to multi-academy trust arrangements;
Managing the regional sponsor market for academies, including approving applications to become an academy sponsor;
Making recommendations to ministers about free school applications;
And from this month (July):
Decision-making on tackling underperformance in maintained schools through sponsored academy arrangements.
The Secretary of State continues to be accountable for these areas and for all decision-making on her behalf.
Regional School Commissioners are clearly now an important part…
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