In September 2019, the DfE removed the coasting and floor standards. In that month, Ofsted introduced new inspection arrangements and the Education Secretary announced that schools would only be identified as needing support if they had been judged as ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted.

Since then, schools have been grouped into 3 broad categories.

  • Schools graded ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ in their most recent Ofsted inspections. These can be allowed to act autonomously.

  • Schools graded as ‘requires improvement’. These schools have an entitlement to receive support but are not constrained to do so.

  • Schools that are eligible for intervention.

The DfE published new statutory guidance for Local Authorities (LAs) and Regional School Commissioners (RSCs) outlining the actions he expected them to take and detailing their powers of intervention: Schools causing concern: Guidance for local authorities and Regional Schools Commissioners on how to work with schools to support improvements to educational performance, and on using their intervention powers - September 2019.

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