The papers, marked “official – sensitive”, are used by the East of England and North-East London Headteacher Board (HTB) to advise regional schools commissioner Tim Coulson on which schools should be academies, who should run them, and which are under-performing.

Its most controversial decisions include turning the Hewett School in Norwich into an academy, sponsored by the Inspiration Trust, last year.

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