We now have some further detail on what a 'coasting' school may look like.
Assessed over 3 years:
- secondary schools will be coasting if they have (in 2014 and 2015) less than 60% 5 A* to C including English and maths. From 2016 the level is set on Progress 8
- primary schools will need to achieve 85% at level 4 in reading, writing and maths, again with a shift to measuring progress from next year
Those that cannot achieve these levels will be supported to develop a credible plan to improve. Further detail is needed to begin to understand when that support will shift to a requirement to convert to academy status or how these proposals will challenge coasting academies.
Whilst the expected 'hundreds of schools' affected will become clearer with the 2015 results only weeks away, formal exercise of the new powers wont occur until late 2016 at the earliest. Schools which know they are coasting have time to plan.
DfE have also issued an explanatory statement and illustrative regulations to assist in demonstrating how the new coasting levels will work in practice. You can see them here
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