‘Coasting’ measure no longer a trigger for intervention

‘Coasting’ measure no longer a trigger for intervention

The Government has outlined plans to provide additional support to schools that are judged to be underperforming.

Following plans, announced earlier this year by the Secretary of State for Education, to simplify the school accountability system, Schools Minister, Lord Agnew, has now set out how underperforming schools will be identified and assisted.

The measures include:

  • Using the ‘floor and coasting’ standards as ways to identify schools that need help, rather than as triggers for academy conversion
  • Providing struggling schools with support from a high-performing school leader
  • Making additional funding available for schools judged as ‘requiring Improvement’ in their last two Ofsted inspections.

The Department for Education has confirmed that the ‘coasting’ measure will no longer be used as the starting point for a formal intervention.

Additionally, regional schools commissioners will no longer issue warning notices to schools on educational grounds unless they have been rated inadequate by Ofsted.

The changes precede a formal consultation in the New Year which will decide whether the floor and coasting standards should be replaced by a single measure.

Lord Agnew, said: The changes will simplify the school accountability system so teachers and school leaders know where they stand and simplify a system that we know can be a concern amongst the profession.

“Where a school is struggling, we will aim to take swift action, providing practical hands on support and, where necessary, more formal steps.

“The support that we are offering will be focused around delivering support that can be embedded into a school’s teaching programme for the long term.”

Paul Whiteman, General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said that the announcement was “a welcome clarification of the promises made by the Secretary of State at our annual conference in May this year”.

He continued: “Accountability is obviously a key concern, and [this] announcement clears up some of the confusion regarding the roles of Ofsted and RSCs, as well as providing much needed reassurance that schools seeking to improve will receive support rather than sanction.

“This is an important step forward, and consistent with the findings of our Improving School Accountability report which was published in September.”

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‘Coasting’ measure no longer a trigger for intervention
‘Coasting’ measure no longer a trigger for intervention

‘Coasting’ measure no longer a trigger for intervention

‘Coasting’ measure no longer a trigger for intervention