David Carter (education)

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'David Carter was made National Schools Commissioner in the UK Department for Education on 1 February 2016.[1]

The National Schools Commissioner oversees 8 Regional Schools Commissioners, which in turn encourage schools to become academies, find and oversee school sponsors, and monitor standards in academy schools and school chains. Critics see them as “behind-the-scenes arms-twisters” to pursue the Department of Education's plans to force all English state schools into academy status by 2022.[2]


  • Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West.
  • 2013: received a knighthood for services to education
  • 2007-14: CEO of the Cabot Learning Federation, a group of 12 schools
  • 2004: principal of John Cabot City Technology College in Bristol
  • 1997: headteacher of Cirencester Deer Park School in Gloucestershire
  • 1983: began teaching


  1. David Carter, Department for Education profile, accessed July 2016
  2. Warwick Mansell, Government presses on with plan for all-academy England, Guardian, 14 June 2016