Fifth of struggling schools turn down DfE support

Tes is reporting that one fifth of schools judged to be struggling under the Department for Education’s accountability measures do not take up the offer of free support, new figures reveal.

According to figures published by the Department for Education today, of the 1,657 schools eligible for support, 1,321 engaged – 80 per cent.

The “school improvement offer” was announced by the government last November to assist struggling schools with help from a national leader of education (NLE).

Eligibility for the support has so far been based on whether a school is below the floor standards, coasting or below the 16-18 minimum standards, based on 2017-18 performance data.

The DfE said the figures provided a “snapshot” as of April 2019. “A take-up rate of 100 per cent would not be expected for the 2018-19 school improvement offer, because take-up is optional,” it said.

Just 60 per cent of struggling free schools accepted the support, compared with 80 per cent of academies and 81 per cent of maintained schools. 

The highest percentage of schools engaging was in the North and East Midlands and Humber, where 90 per cent of schools accepted the support. The lowest proportion was in North West London and South Central, where only 69 per cent of schools took the support.

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