Last reviewed 19 April 2022

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation regarding a proposal to bring schools in England with two consecutive Ofsted judgments below “Good” within the scope for intervention.

This will, the DfE explains, enable the Secretary of State to move these schools into strong trusts in order to ensure that children attending them receive the standard of education they deserve.

Available here, the consultation document is open for comments until 23 May 2022.

The same link provides access to draft guidance for local authorities and Regional Directors (RDs) on how to work with schools to support improvements to educational performance and on using their intervention powers.

Regional Directors (formerly known as Regional Schools Commissioners) act on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education. Their role in the education system is to work with schools to ensure they are supported to improve and to address underperformance, taking intervention action where necessary.

The power to intervene in schools that are not making necessary improvements will apply nationally to schools in England. However, initially the DfE is proposing to focus the use of this measure in schools located in new Education Investment Areas (EIAs).

These are 55 local authorities in England where school outcomes are the weakest.

To drive up standards rapidly, schools in these areas that have been judged less than “Good” in two or more successive Ofsted inspections could be moved into strong trusts to ensure they can benefit from working in collaboration with other schools.

RDs may also consider taking intervention action in some schools struggling to make necessary improvements outside of EIAs.