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Question for Department for Education

UIN 143140, tabled on 11 May 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his policy is on the transparency of the process in the event that one academy replaces another as the provider of education at a school.

Answered on

16 May 2018

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State said in his recent speech to the National Association of Head Teachers conference that he wants greater transparency about the workings of Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) and Head Teacher Boards (HTBs) that advise and challenge RSCs. The department will work with the sector over the coming months to develop proposals, for consultation in the Autumn, to support a clear and simple accountability system. This will build on the information already available regarding RSCs and their work, including academy transfers.

We currently publish records of HTB meetings. In July 2017, we produced updated Terms of Reference for HTBs as part of the summer HTB elections. We publish conflicts of interest registers for HTB members and RSCs, as well as information on the roles and responsibilities of the RSCs and criteria for all relevant types of RSC decisions. On GOV.UK, we publish annually grant funding data for academies that have moved trust, letters to academy trusts about poor performance and academies financial notices to improve

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