In September 2014 eight Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) were appointed to oversee the growing numbers of academies in England. Since taking up post, further announcements have indicated that their roles will expand to include decision-making in tackling underperformance in Local Authority (LA) maintained schools, and for coasting schools. RSCs are rapidly becoming an important and powerful part of the English education system.
A report recently published by the NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research) explains the background and role of the RSCs, and presents an analysis of characteristics and challenges for each region. The analysis is presented as a comparative overview, followed by eight individual ‘region profiles'.