Maria Dawes

Deputy Director, Regional Schools Commissioner

Since June 2016, Maria Dawes has been one of two Deputy Directors in the Regional School’s Commissioners Office in the South-East South London Region. Her role is supporting and driving the development and delivery of the RSC’s priorities focused particularly on challenging under performance and raising standards in South-east England.

Her responsibilities include leading a team that takes action where academies and free schools are under-performing; supporting decisions on applications from local-authority-maintained schools to convert to academy status; supporting and facilitating the development of existing Multi-academy trusts and sponsors including the governance; developing strong new MATs and sponsors particularly in areas of the most under-performance.

Prior to joining the RSC Office, she was Head of School Effectiveness for Babcock Education, leading the monitoring of schools, school improvement, curriculum and leadership development across all schools in Surrey, Devon and Worcestershire.

Maria started her career in 1985 as a Maths teacher and has worked in a range of schools and colleges, including in a number of senior leadership roles. Between 2006 and 2012, she was an HMI inspecting schools in all phases and monitoring schools in Special Measures. In her last two years working for Ofsted she was a Senior HMI leading the development of the 2012 School Inspection Framework and the development and implementation of ParentView.

Maria is also currently a Trustee in a small MAT in Surrey.


Session Details

Driving High Performance in the South of England

Stream 1 - Keynote Theatre: 2.40pm - 3.25pm

Find out how the Regional Schools Commissioner sees academies and free schools improving educational performance in the years ahead. Deputy Director Maria Dawes from the South-East South London Region explains how the RSC is driving priorities such as challenging underperformance and raising standards. 

Maria will also cover the drivers for converting to academy status, developing governance and support for Multi-Academy Trusts and building strong new MATs in underperforming areas.

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