Secretive DfE academy committees finally publish agendas

The government has started publishing draft agendas for the controversial committees that help decide the fate of thousands of schools across the country.

Headteacher boards (HTBs) were set up in 2014 by the Department for Education (DfE) to advise the eight regional schools commissioners (RSCs).

They help make decisions about whether schools become academies, who runs them, what happens to struggling schools, and even whether schools should be closed down.

However, they have been mired in controversy about the secrecy surrounding their work, and Tes has highlighted the failure of the DfE to publish detailed records of their meetings, and the wealth of information about their work that is denied to the public.

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