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The democratic deficit facing England’s schools

Drop in headteacher-board candidates raises fresh misgivings about accountability

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Of the many criticisms levelled at the academies system over the years, the lack of democratic accountability has been the most consistent charge.

In 2014, the Department for Education finally took note and introduced a new system of eight regional schools commissioners (RSCs) to make decisions closer to the ground, advised and challenged by boards largely made up of local school leaders. And, for the first time, there was democracy, with four academy leaders elected to join each headteacher board (HTB).

But now, with the second batch of elections underway this month, a Tes investigation has ...

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