More than 350 primaries below Sats floor target

The number of primary schools below the floor standard has fallen by 29 per cent compared with last year. Tes reports.

The statistics from the Department for Education show that 364 mainstream primary schools (3 per cent) were below the floor standard, down from 511 last year. In 2016, 665 mainstream primaries had been below the floor target.

The statistics also show that the number of schools defined as “coasting” has risen from 524 (4 per cent) in 2017 to 640 (5 per cent) in 2018.

Schools are above the floor standard if 65 per cent of pupils reach the expected standard in reading, writing and maths in key stage 2 Sats or if a school has progress scores of at least -5 in reading, -5 in maths and -7 in writing.

The statistical release also notes that closed schools are excluded from the floor standard. Of the 198 schools closed in 2018 that would otherwise have been included in the floor-standard calculations, 22 would have been below the floor standard.

In 2018, a primary school will fall within the coasting definition if, based on revised data for all of 2016, 2017 and 2018, fewer than 85 per cent of pupils achieved the expected standard at the end of primary school and average progress made by pupils was less than -2.5 in English reading, -2.5 in maths or -3.5 in English writing.

The guidance on primary school accountability for this year stated, in light of the proposed changes, that: “Where a school is below the floor or coasting standards, but is not judged inadequate, the regional school commissioner will not use the secretary of state’s powers to issue an academy order or a warning notice. Instead, the floor and coasting standards will be calculated in 2018 solely for the Department for Education to identify schools that might benefit from support.”

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