Government to scrap ‘coasting’ schools measure

The Government is to scrap its “coasting” schools measure, the Education Secretary has suggested as he launches a major overhaul of how they are judged. The Telegraph reports

Damian Hinds will announce a consultation to replace the “confusing” system of having both a “floor” standard and the “coasting” measure.

Instead, he will introduce a single measure to hold schools in England to account for their performance.

Announcing the plans at the National Association of Head Teachers’ (NAHT) annual conference in Liverpool on Friday, Mr Hinds will say he wants to eliminate any confusion around the two measures.  

“We must have a system that does more than just deal with failure… But we will do so in the right way, and there will be a single, transparent data trigger for schools to be offered support – which we will consult on,” he is expected to say.

Paul Whiteman, the NAHT general secretary, welcomed the overhaul of school accountability measures. 

“Removing the coasting and floor standards will do much to address the confusion felt by many school leaders. It will be important that the new support standard is set at the right level and helps direct rapid, high-quality, funded support to the schools that need it most.”

Under the current system, there is a floor standard, based on progress and SATs or GCSE results, and schools are consider under-performing if they fall beneath this benchmark.

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