Herrington appointed as national schools commissioner

Dominic Herrington has been confirmed as national schools commissioner after holding the post on an interim basis for the past eight months. Tes reports.

The former Whitehall civil servant replaces Sir David Carter who stepped down last year. 

The announcement of his appointment today follows a Tes exclusive that DfE is planning changes to the system that oversees academies which could lead to career civil servants rather than former school leaders overseeing thousands of schools.

The system of regional school commissioners was introduced to help the department oversee the major expansion of the academies programme.

Mr Herrington said: “I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with the team of Regional School Commissioners – helping them to support and challenge school leaders to deliver the best possible education for children right across England.”

Earlier this month Tes revealed that there are proposals that could see the offices of the eight RSCs beefed up and given a greater role in areas such as teacher recruitment.

The DfE said the reforms, which have yet to be publicly announced, amounted to “operational changes” rather than changes to policy.

More than 8,300 schools in the country have become an academy or opened as a free school since 2010.

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