In a session of the Education Committee on the 16th of September, Sir Michael Wilshaw was asked if he should be inspecting the Regional Schools Commissioners. The motivation for the question was the ever expanding roles and responsibilities of the commissioners and the lack of transparency in their work. The question seems remarkable given the ongoing criticism Ofsted has been facing and the many calls to abolish the Inspectorate altogether. Recent shifts in the system even seem to suggest a move in the opposite direction where the Regional Schools Commissioners are slowly taking over Ofsteds inspection role.
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Author: Dr. Melanie Ehren (Reader at the UCL Institute of Education, email@example.com)