Department for Education written question – answered on 25th January 2019.

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Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what records his Department keeps of the ministerial decision process relating to selection of sponsors of schools which are converted to academies.

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

Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) act in the name of my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, and are accountable to him and to the National Schools Commissioner. RSCs are advised and challenged by Headteacher Boards (HTBs) comprised of outstanding academy headteachers and sector leaders. Half of all HTBs are directly elected by the academy sector. Working with their respective HTBs, RSCs are well placed to identify and commission the most appropriate support and intervention for underperforming schools and academies.

The department publishes meeting notes of all HTB meetings. As well as containing other RSC decisions, HTB meeting notes also contain RSC decisions on the selection of sponsors for underperforming schools. HTB meeting notes are published every six weeks and can be found on GOV.UK at:

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