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Coasting and floor standards to be scrapped, Hinds confirms

​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.

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