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The Department for Education has confirmed the new directors that will oversee its work in each region after a shakeup of their roles and areas.

Eight regional schools commissioners, which currently oversee the academy system, have now been rebranded as “regional directors”, some covering different areas. They will take on wider responsibilities for all schools from September, becoming local representatives of the department.

Claire Burton, currently south-east England and south London RSC, will take over the new London region. DfE performance documents show Burton had the fewest “inadequate” schools in her former patch.

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