Senior council official appointed regional schools commissioner for East Midlands and the Humber

John Edwards had worked in schools across Yorkshire before joining local government.


A senior local government official will take over as the new regional schools commissioner (RSC) for the East Midlands and the Humber.


John Edwards is currently the director of education and skills at Manchester City Council, and replaces Jennifer Bexon-Smith, who is retiring.


Mr Edwards will oversee 970 academies and free schools in the area, and other duties include monitoring standards in academies, approving new free schools, and deciding the fate of ‘coasting schools’.


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