The Education Bill 2015: Lack of 'coasting' definition causing 'fear and confusion'

The continuing reluctance from the Department for Education to describe what it means by ‘coasting’ is causing ‘fear and confusion’ within schools, it has been claimed. Pete Henshaw reports.

the Education secretary, Nicky Morgan, placed the Education and Adoption Bill 2015 before Parliament last week, setting out plans to force all “inadequate” schools to convert to academy status and make all “coasting” schools eligible for intervention.

In a statement, the Department for Education (DfE) said that “coasting” schools would be put on a “notice to improve” and given support from a team of expert headteachers, but that those that do not show improvements will see their leadership replaced.

Officially recognising “coasting” schools as being eligible for intervention will also mean that the DfE can push for them to be taken over by academy chains.

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