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New Schools Commissioner for region promises tough action

The South East has its first Regional Schools Commissioner. He'll decide who gets to run academies and free schools and he's responsible for making sure they do a good job.

But it will be a tall order for Dominic Herrington - our fragmented education system means that in his region there are now more than 100 different organisations running over 650 academies as more and more schools opt out of local authority control.

* Two organisations running academies across Sussex, Kent and Hampshire have recently been heavily criticised by Ofsted for poor performance.

* The first failing free school to be shut down in the country was here in the South in Crawley earlier this year.

* And there's a vociferous campaign in Hove opposing academy conversion.

As his challenges begin - he gave his first exclusive interview to our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford.

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