Two more career civil servants made regional schools commissioners

Tes is reporting that two senior civil servants have been appointed as new regional schools commissioners (RSCs) to oversee the performance of hundreds of academies in the south of England.

The appointments confirm aTes story from April, which revealed the Department for Education’s plan to hand the roles to career bureaucrats rather than former school leaders.

Now, two more civil servants have won school commissioner roles.  Hannah Woodhouse – who has previously held posts in the Department for Communities and Local Government, the DfE and the Cabinet Office – will replace Lisa Mannall as RSC in the South West of England.

Now, two more civil servants have won school commissioner roles.  Hannah Woodhouse – who has previously held posts in the Department for Communities and Local Government, the DfE and the Cabinet Office – will replace Lisa Mannall as RSC in the South West of England.

Claire Burton, a former chief executive of the DfE’s Standards and Testing Agency, takes the RSC post previously held by Dominic Herrington in the South London and South-East England region.

Since the eight RSC roles were created in 2014, many have been filled by former school leaders who joined the civil service when they took the job. However, Tes learned in April of plans to make the role a traditional civil service position filled by career civil servants with more powers and a greater role in areas such as teacher recruitment. 

Academies minister Lord Agnew said: “Hannah Woodhouse and Claire Burton will both bring deep expertise to the roles, which will be invaluable in helping to support and challenge school leaders across each of their regions.”

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