Nicky Morgan reveals critieria to be used to define ‘coasting’ schools

The Guardian is reporting that Nicky Morgan has defined ‘coasting’ schools as those that fail to ensure 60% of pupils get five good GCSE grades, leaving the schools liable for intervention…

…In addition to the 60% GCSE benchmark, schools will also be judged on pupils’ progress. From 2016 onwards, secondary schools that fail to score highly enough over a three-year period on “Progress 8” – the government’s new accountability measure that shows a child’s progress between the end of primary school and their GCSEs – will also be classed as coasting.

Primary schools will similarly be deemed to be coasting if, over a three-year period, fewer than 85% of 11-year-olds achieve a level 4 in reading, writing and maths, and a higher-than-average proportion of pupils fail to make expected progress. Currently, the threshold for intervention in primaries is if fewer than 65% of pupils get a level 4.

For headteachers in areas with more demanding intakes, the move is likely to represent a daunting new challenge, with potentially dramatic consequences for school communities.

Schools classified as coasting will be asked to come up with a credible plan for improvement for consideration by the government’s eight regional schools commissioners; if the plan is convincing, schools will be supported, if it’s not good enough, they will be taken over and turned into academies…

In announcing the new measures, the education secretary said: “Our one nation approach is very much about making sure children are being properly supported to achieve their best in school. But, for too long, a group of coasting schools, many in leafy areas with more advantages than schools in disadvantaged communities, have fallen beneath the radar…”

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Your reaction to the criteria that have been unveiled now by Nicky Morgan to define schools as ‘coasting’?

The education secretary claims to want to tackle what she calls coasting schools in leafy communities, but won’t the GCSE measure play into their hands and hit schools in deprived areas harder? The ‘Progress 8’ measure might potentially work the other way, but schools would appear to need to tick both boxes, not one or the other?

Also, how will these measures work alongside Ofsted? Their assessments are not mentioned here so will we effectively have two parallel systems in place for judging schools? Will this make Ofsted verdicts less important moving forwards?

Please give us your immediate reactions to these new criteria and let us know what impact – for good or bad – you expect they might have…

 

Do the new critieria for 'coasting' schools make Ofsted less significant?

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove I hear DfE drone on about acad status I just think they’re attempting to deflect attention from lack of school funding

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove I hear DfE drone on about acad status I just think they’re attempting to deflect attention from lack of school funding

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove I hear DfE drone on about acad status I just think they’re attempting to deflect attention from lack of school funding

  4. brighton118

    SchoolsImprove – How come RSC’s suddenly have this power over all schools ? They are blinded by their ideology excellent teachers leaving

  5. PrestonScience

    What is this doublethink? 
    “I’m unapologetic about shining a spotlight on complacency and I want the message to go out, loud and clear, that education isn’t simply about pushing children over an artificial borderline, 
    but instead about stretching every pupil to unlock their potential and give them the opportunity to get on in life.”

    You may well want that message to go out loud and clear, but your actions show send the opposite message out loud and clear:

    “Education is about ensuring a high proportion of students in every school in every part of the country get 5 GCSEs at grade C or better, including English and Maths. Educators that do not succeed in reaching the benchmark I have set are complacent.”

  6. PrestonScience

    What is this doublethink? 
    “I’m unapologetic about shining a spotlight on complacency and I want the message to go out, loud and clear, that education isn’t simply about pushing children over an artificial borderline, 
    but instead about stretching every pupil to unlock their potential and give them the opportunity to get on in life.”

    You may well want that message to go out loud and clear, but your actions show send the opposite message out loud and clear:

    “Education is about ensuring a high proportion of students in every school in every part of the country get 5 GCSEs at grade C or better, including English and Maths. Educators that do not succeed in reaching the benchmark I have set are complacent.”

  7. Nairb

    ‘For headteachers in areas with more demanding intakes, the move is likely to represent a daunting new challenge ..’
    The comment in the piece above says it all. Morgan picks a figure for KS 2 out of thin air, 20% higher than the current benchmark, and in a single stroke of inspired idiocy makes the headteacher recruitment problem much worse.

  8. Nairb

    I’m assuming Morgan knows that KS2 Levels cease to exist after this year and her Level 4 benchmark will be converted into another arbitrary measure which she will make up.

  9. StephenG41HR

    SchoolsImprove This is retrospective assessment. There is only one year left on the primary attainment measure! Massive task for some.

  10. StephenG41HR

    SchoolsImprove And what is the performance measure of the DfE and Regional Commissioners going to be? The sanction too?

  11. No
    rationale is given for these jumps other than that she wants to “shine a light
    on complacency” – whatever that means.Whom has she consulted to consider the likely consequences?Most educationists would predict disastrous
    pressures on headteachers (worried about their jobs), teachers and children. Dogma followed by dictat: ‘coasting’ followed by chaos.

  12. Ofsted is now irrelevant.  And it’s an unacceptable sleight of hand to increase the threshold as I point out here:  http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2015/06/well-shine-a-light-on-complacency-says-morgan-perhaps-that-light-should-focus-on-dfe-propaganda/

  13. Michael Bassey The press release is full of high-sounding phrases: ‘shine a light on complacency’, ‘unapologetic about shining a spotlight on complacency’ and the vacuous ‘One Nation approach’ (which only applies to England).  I’ve shone a light on the press release and revealed misinformation and cant http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2015/06/well-shine-a-light-on-complacency-says-morgan-perhaps-that-light-should-focus-on-dfe-propaganda/

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