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The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has published two new pieces of research. The first looks at the “latest available performance data” to gain a deeper understanding of the issues faced by the regional schools commissioners including the capacity of multi-academy trusts. The second looks into the factors which influence headteacher retention based on school workforce census data and interviews with headteachers.
Report exploring the impact of the Regional School Commissioner
A new report from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has examined the impact of the RSC on school improvement. Initially appointed to oversee the establishment and performance of academy trusts in 2014, the powers of the RSC have subsequently been expanded to deal with underperforming local authority schools. The report gives an overview of the “core functions” of the RSC and the impact that they have had on schools; breaking this down by phase and region.
NFER’s analysis of the “latest performance data” revealed that:
Governing boards of both academy trusts and local authority schools should be aware of who their RSC is and how they may impact upon their school. Academy trusts may work very closely with the RSC, whereas local authority schools will encounter them if converting or facing forced conversion to an academy. For more on academy schools in general, visit the NGA guidance centre.
New report into headteacher retention
The National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) has also explored the factors which influence headteacher retention. The report drew on figures from the School Workforce Census data from 2011-2015; looking at the factors which make a school likely to retain a headteacher. In addition, the research team also conducted interviews with headteachers exploring the trends identified in the School Workforce Census data further.
The findings from this analysis suggest that:
The NFER recommend that there should be: more clarity around headteachers’ “career pathways”; more guidance for governors on how to hold a headteachers to account – including developing timetables and “sustainable improvement”; and a formal induction process for headteachers as they enter a new school.
The National Governance Association welcomes the research into headteacher retention rates. NGA is also exploring headteacher recruitment with the University of Bath and York St John’s, as well as exploring the headteacher appraisal process.
Published: 28/04/2017, by Sam Henson
Last Updated: 05/09/2018, by Tom Fellows