Press release

New National Schools Commissioner appointed

Sir David Carter appointed as new National Schools Commissioner.

A new National Schools Commissioner has been appointed by the Department for Education.

Sir David Carter, currently the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for the South West, will succeed Frank Green who completes his term as Schools Commissioner at the end of January 2016.

Sir David will play a key role in the government’s education reforms, leading the team of 8 RSCs to tackle underperformance and ensure all schools across the country are providing their pupils with an excellent education. This will include:

  • supporting the creation of new academies and free schools
  • intervening in failing and coasting local authority schools, exercising the new powers to be introduced through the Education and Adoption Bill currently before Parliament
  • recruiting high-quality academy sponsors
  • improving the performance of underperforming academies and free schools

Sir David Carter has previously worked as the CEO of the highly successful Cabot Learning Federation, one of the first multi-academy trusts in the country. He received a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2013 in recognition of his services to education over 30 years.

Schools Minister Lord Nash said:

David Carter has already made an outstanding contribution to the government’s academy reforms in the South West as one of our first regional schools commissioners.

His considerable expertise as an outstanding school leader makes him the ideal choice to build on the significant legacy of Frank Green as the National Schools Commissioner.

Responding to his appointment Sir David said:

This job is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference to the learning of children across our schools led system.

My aim will be to work with the regional commissioners, academy leaders and trustees to challenge all schools to perform better than ever before and deliver educational excellence everywhere.

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