Schools that are deemed to be ‘coasting’ will be targeted for improvement and offered help to improve their results under new Government plans. The Government’s schools commissioners will assess whether the coasting school has a credible improvement plan and will support those schools that can improve. Those schools that cannot improve will be converted into academies. If a school has already become an academy, they could be given a new academy sponsor. This new measure will be introduced by the Education and Adoption Bill, which is currently progressing through Parliament.
Until recently there was no clarification on what exactly was a coasting school. The Government has now issued a press release stating that those schools eligible for intervention will be those which fall below a new coasting level for three years.
A school will have to fall below these levels for three years to be deemed as coasting. Could these new levels mean that schools falling below targets yet rated as ‘good' by Ofsted will be labelled as coasting?
We will not know until 2016 how many schools are captured within this definition. However the Government is expecting it to apply to hundreds of schools.
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