Earlier this year the Department for Education (DfE) sought views on how it identifies which schools should be eligible for an offer of support to help improve educational performance.

The public consultation, which closed on 25 March 2019, invited comments on proposals for a clearer, simpler approach to identifying these schools.

The Department has now published a summary of the 267 responses it received, 143 of which were from teachers or headteachers and 15 were from Governors.

Available here, this states: “Given the strong support received in responses to this consultation we will move to implement our proposals in full.”

This means that, from the next academic year, DfE will no longer publish coasting and floor data standards and that these will not be used to identify schools for intervention, support, or any other purpose.

Instead, it will use Ofsted “Requires Improvement” judgements as the sole method for identifying schools eligible for a proactive, optional offer of support. Schools with more than one consecutive “Requires Improvement” judgement will be offered more intensive support.

Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds said: “Standards in our schools have risen since 2010, and our performance tables are more sophisticated than they have ever been, which means we no longer need the same data standards as before.”

Schools already receiving support based on 2018 to 2019 coasting and floor standards will continue to do so. Further information regarding the support offer will be published in the Summer term and the Department expects that schools will start to access support from September 2019.

“This offer is a way of supporting schools with the capacity to improve to do so quickly, helping the existing leadership team find and access support that is right for their circumstances,” Mr Hinds concluded.

Last reviewed 14 May 2019