Schools: Standards

Department for Education written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons the Regional School Commissioner for North West London and the South Central Region has not issued any warning notices to any schools about poor performance since the end of 2016.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Since 1 January 2017, the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for North West London and South Central Region has issued two warning notices to academy trusts for poor performance; these are available via the ‘Letters to academy trusts about poor performance’ page: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/letters-to-academies-about-poor-performance#removed-notices.

Decisions on when to issue warning notices to either academies or maintained schools are taken on a case by case basis in accordance with the department’s ‘Schools Causing Concern' guidance[1]. RSCs, working with local authorities where appropriate, may issue warning notices to schools where they have concerns about unacceptable educational performance (including results below floor standards), a breakdown in leadership and governance, or where the safety of pupils or staff may be being threatened.

[1] Available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/680559/Schools_causing_concern_guidance_-_February_2018.pdf.

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