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Government investigating whether overlap between Ofsted and Regional Schools Commissioners "value for monet".

Government investigating whether overlap between Ofsted and Regional Schools Commissioners "value for monet".

The government is actively discussing whether the “overlap” between Ofsted and the regional schools commissioners (RSC) represents “value for money”, a leading figure has revealed.

The director general of education standards at the Department for Education, Paul Kett, confirmed that the “value-for-money issue” is “part of active business planning discussions at the DfE” at an Ofsted board meeting in November.

The minutes of the meeting show Kett responding to a statement from Ofsted’s director of corporate strategy, Luke Tryl, that the roles of Ofsted’s regional directors and RSCs “needed clarification”.

“The board noted that the relationship between regional directors and RSCs was strong on the ground in some regions and the system would benefit from consistently in all areas,” the minutes state.

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