Asked in July why Lancashire and West Yorkshire’s schools commissioner had suddenly quit, education minister Nick Gibb was clear that this was not a good thing:
“I suspect that many of our regional schools commissioners will be approached by all kinds of educational institutions because of their ability and talent. I hope that that will not happen, but on this occasion it has happened …
But Gibb seemed loathe to reveal which education sector body had been so disruptive as to poach a commissioner when the new system has barely established itself.
We now know why.
Schools commissioner Paul Smith is off to join Future Academies, a chain founded and chaired by … Tory donor and education minister Lord Nash!
Nash is becoming a repeat offender on this front. A DfE non-executive director was forced to quit a second directorship with Future Acadmies after just two months amid a row over an obvious conflict of interest.
Did someone say ‘Ministerial Code’?