Coasting and floor standards to be scrapped, Hinds confirms

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

​It has been confirmed that from September an Ofsted judgement of “requires improvement” will become the sole trigger to identify schools for the government’s “optional offer of support”.

Education secretary Damian Hinds confirmed the plans during his address to the annual conference of the National Association of Head Teachers over the bank holiday weekend.

It comes after a Department for Education (DfE) consultation on the issue revealed general support for the idea.

It means that floor and coasting standards will be scrapped as a trigger for school improvement support.

Mr Hinds told the NAHT delegates: “From September this year we will no longer publish these (floor and coasting) standards, nor use them for any purpose. Instead, we will use a single, transparent trigger for an offer of support – ‘Ofsted requires improvement’ – to make sure it is totally clear when leaders will be offered support.

“And while leaders of RI schools will always retain responsibility for their own improvement, we will be proactive in offering support to leadership teams who do want it.”

It means that from September, all requires improvement schools not currently receiving DfE support will be offered funded support from an expert leader to give them bespoke guidance.

Mr Hinds added: “A more intensive package of assistance will be available for schools with two consecutive requires improvement judgements, to help them improve in a sustainable way. But again, I want to stress – it’s an offer, not an enforced intervention.”

In the academic year 2017/18, 221 secondary and 661 primary schools received an RI judgement. Of these, it was a consecutive RI judgement for 81 and 116 respectively.

  • Identifying schools for support (consultation outcome), DfE, May 2019: http://bit.ly/2DBistK
  • Principles for a clear and simple school accountability system, Department for Education, May 2018: http://bit.ly/2FQUWXN


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