DfE outlines ‘coasting’ schools definition to apply from early 2017

“A coasting school is where data shows that, over a three-year period, the school is failing to ensure that pupils reach their potential. A school will only be coasting if performance data falls below the coasting bar in all three previous years.”

This is the proposed definition of a “coasting school” that has been set out by the Department for Education (DfE). The plans, which are subject to consultation, state that “no school will be identified as coasting until after the final 2016 performance data is published” (in early 2017 for key stage 4).

The new Progress 8 accountability arrangements are coming into force in 2016, meaning that the first coasting judgements will be based on data from 2014 and 2015 under the old system and 2016 under the new system.

The consultation document, Intervening in Failing, Underperforming and Coasting Schools, proposes an “interim definition” of coasting for the 2014 and 2015 data and then sets out the DfE’s “proposed bar” from 2016 for secondary schools.

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