Education up-date: Nicky Morgan defines ‘Coasting’

Nicky Morgan has finally clarified what is meant by the term 'coasting' and when it will lead to intervention. Please click here for full details.

By way of brief summary, a school will be eligible for intervention if it falls below the 'coasting level' for three years. In 2014/2015 the coasting levels have been set at:

Secondary Schools - fewer than 60% of children achieving 5 A* to C GCSEs including English and Mathematics and they are below the median level of expected progress.

Primary Schools - fewer than 85% of children achieving level 4, the secondary-ready standard, in reading, writing and maths, and which have also seen below-average proportions of pupils making expected progress between age 7 and age 11.

The 'coasting levels' for 2015/2016 will be set after the 2016 results are available and will be based on the new progress - 8 measure.

The announcement on Tuesday 30th June 2015 is unlikely to be well received; the 'coasting level' is higher than the current 'floor standards' and will be seen as another step towards mass academisation.

If you have any questions relating to forced intervention or any other issue your school may be dealing with, please feel free to call James Twine on 01752 292351.

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