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Schools Commissioner steps down.

Schools Commissioner steps down.

So "King David" is off. The government’s academies tsar is departing for pastures new this summer and he says he’s quite happy about it.

“It’s been the most incredible leadership journey,” a relaxed-looking Sir David Carter says as he sits down to talk to Tes. “But I set out a number of things I wanted to do in this job and I think I’ve done most of those.

“I think the time is right for me to step back and let somebody else come into the role.”

So there will be a replacement national schools commissioner – the job advert goes up this morning – but Sir David’s departure surely signals the end of an era in education.

It was an era when the Department for Education (DfE) was hoping its new schools’ figurehead could help it cut down to size the then Ofsted chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw.

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