School improvement support for the 2018/19 academic year

13 November 2018

The government has issued guidance on the support available for schools identified as coasting or below the floor standards, but not judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

All eligible schools will be offered up to three days of free advice from a designated national leader of education (NLE) or equivalent. The NLE will work with senior school or trust leaders to help them identify and access school improvement resources.

Eligible schools also judged as ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted in two consecutive inspections, will be offered up to £16,000 of funded support to address the needs identified by the NLE.

This is an optional offer for schools not judged by Ofsted as ‘inadequate’ but that are:

  • primary schools defined as below the floor standards or coasting based on KS2 revised data published in December 2018

  • secondary schools defined as below the floor standards or coasting based on KS4 revised data published in January 2019

  • ‘requires improvement’ as judged by Ofsted and that are not subject to below the floor or coasting

In the 2018/19 academic year, the DfE won’t use coasting and floor standards for intervention. It will only intervene on the grounds of educational underperformance if Ofsted has judged a school as ‘inadequate’.

The DfE will consult on a new way to identify schools eligible for future DfE-funded support.

This support will be available during the 2018 autumn term. The DfE will contact local authorities and academy trusts about schools that provisional data suggests are eligible for support. Schools will receive support once their eligibility has been confirmed by the published schools’ performance data. All funded support will be delivered by the end of the 2020 spring term.