The Department for Education (DfE) has invited comments on how it plans to identify which schools should be eligible for an offer of support to help improve educational performance.

It has put forward proposals for what it sees as a clearer, simpler approach to identifying schools that may benefit from an offer of support.

“Our proposal is that all schools judged as ‘Requires improvement’ by Ofsted will be eligible for support, and that schools with two consecutive ‘Requires improvement’ judgments will be eligible for more intensive support,” the DfE explained.

The consultation document, which includes an overview of how the Department envisages the support offer operating in practice — including who will broker that support and the kind of support schools might expect to receive — can be found at GOV.UK.

The deadline for submitting comments is 25 March 2019 and the results of the exercise, including the Department's response, will be published in the summer term, 2019.

“Most schools have the capacity to self-improve,” the Department suggests. “However, where there are signs of educational underperformance, some may benefit from a more bespoke offer of support.”

To remove confusion for schools about when they are eligible for this support, the Secretary of State has announced that there will no longer be both a coasting definition and a floor standard.

Instead, schools that are showing the warning signs of underperformance will be identified using a single, transparent method and offered support to accelerate their improvement.

This consultation sets out a proposed approach to take forward those arrangements.

Last reviewed 12 March 2019