Critics question Government’s pick for children’s commissioner

13th December, 2020 12:04 pm

Source: Sunday Times

Critics have questioned the suitability of the government’s preferred appointee for children’s commissioner because of her academy trust’s record of excluding children from the classroom.

Rachel de Souza, whom Michael Gove once said he wanted to “clone 23,000 times”, is Gavin Williamson’s choice to replace Anne Longfield, whose six-year term comes to an end in February.

The commissioner is designed to be a non-partisan role, tasked with holding the government to account.

De Souza, 52, is founding chief executive of the Inspiration Trust, a chain with 14 academies in Norfolk and north Suffolk that has been criticised for high numbers of permanent exclusions.

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