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Unleashing Greatness

Unleashing Greatness

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Unleashing greatness
Getting the best from an academised system
The Report of the Academies Commission
January 2013
The Commission
Overview and recommendations
1. Background
2. Academisation and school improvement
3. Academies and their reedoms
4. Admissions
5. Diversifcation and the impact o academies
on existing provision6. Academy governance
7. Governance and public accountability:
the role o central governmentAppendix 1: Sources o evidence
The Commission
Proessor Christine Gilbert, CBE
was Her Majesty’s Chie Inspector,Education, Children’s Services and Skills, at Osted rom 2006 until 2011.Prior to this, Christine was Chie Executive o the London Borough o Tower Hamlets. She joined the Council in 1997 as Corporate Director,Education, having been Director o Education in the London Borougho Harrow. Christine spent 18 years teaching in schools, eight o themas a secondary school headteacher.Currently, Christine is Visiting Proessor o Education at the Instituteo Education. She is also undertaking a number o local and nationaleducation projects.
Proessor Chris Husbands
took up the post o Director o theInstituteo Education in 2011. He began his career teaching Historyin comprehensive schools and was a senior manager in schools beoreentering higher education. He was Proessor o Education and Directoro the Institute o Education at the University o Warwick, Dean o Education and Lielong Learning at the University o East Anglia andProessor o Education at the IOE. He was elected to the Academy o Learned Societies or the Social Sciences (AcSS) in 2012.
Brett Wigdortz
has been CEO o Teach First since its launch in 2002,having written the original business plan or the charity while workingas a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Previouslyhe has worked as a consultant, a journalist and researcher.Originally rom New Jersey he has a bachelor’s degree in economicsrom the University o Richmond and a master’s degree in economicsrom the University o Hawai’i. He currently serves as a trustee o PEASand Future Leaders. He is also the co-ounder, trustee and strategy adviserto Teach For All. His book
Success Against The Odds
, a candid accounto the rst 10 years o Teach First, was published in September 2012.
Proessor Becky Francis
is Director o the Commission. She is Director o the Pearson Think Tank, and Proessor o Education and Social Justiceat King’s College London. She was previously Director o Education atthe RSA, and Proessor o Education at Roehampton University. Becky’spolicy research and analysis includes her recent inuential work on‘Satisactory’ schools, in relation to social disadvantage; and she is bestknown or her academic work on gender and educational achievement.
Commission Director Commissioner Commissioner Commission Chair 
Unleashing greatness – getting the best rom an academised system

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