Schools Commissioner

Education written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to review the responsibilities of and lines of accountability for the role of Schools Commissioner.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The role of Schools Commissioner is the public face of academies and free schools, leading communications between the Department and the education sector. The responsibilities involve initiating brokerage arrangements between schools and sponsors, nurturing potential sponsors, influencing school-to-school support and working closely with Ministers to shape the future development of the academies and free schools programme. This is a two-year fixed term contract and the appointee will be accountable to the Director General of the Department's Infrastructure and Funding Group.

There are currently no plans to review the responsibilities and lines of accountability until the successful candidate's term comes to an end.

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