Martin George

‘There’d be outrage if this happened in the private sector’

Union leader raises fears about potential conflicts of interest as RSCs quit to join local academy trusts

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New concerns about potential conflicts of interest in the way that regional schools commissioners (RSCs) operate have been sparked by a Tes analysis.

It has emerged that three RSCs who later went on to take up jobs with academy trusts had, during their time as RSCs, made key decisions that involved those trusts. There is no suggestion that the RSCs behaved improperly or broke any rules, but one union leader suggested that there would be “outrage” if the same thing happened in the private sector.

According to published minutes of headteacher boards, which record decisions made by RSCs, Pank ...

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