Ahead of the launch of the (supposedly) independent Academies Commission, former Ofsted chief inspector Christine Gilbert gives TES
her view on the middle tier question:
It is not the answer you would expect from someone who made their name leading local education authorities. But Christine Gilbert believes town halls should no longer be at the heart of school improvement and monitoring.
Nor, indeed, should local commissioners or any other kind of new "middle tier" idea currently being floated, the former Ofsted chief inspector argues. Ms Gilbert thinks the job should be left to schools themselves. "It would be the profession supporting the profession," she explains.
Is she right?