It is a tremendous honour to be the Schools Commissioner for England. After 20 years of running schools I am very excited at the prospect of working at a national level to help drive something that all of us want to see – more good schools for all of our pupils, regardless of their background.
I know how great the challenge is in some areas. I know how dedicated and hard working teachers, heads and governors are across the country – desperately trying to improve their schools. I want them to know that I’m on their side.
However, I will not shy away from confronting failure, and I will be honest when I don’t think schools are improving fast enough. My direct experience of transforming a good school to great, turning round a seriously failing school, transforming primaries and setting up a new school means I am not asking anyone to do what I, and others across the country, have not already done.
DR ELIZABETH SIDWELL
The purpose of the OSC is to: