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How a primary school may be defined as 'coasting' in 2016

The government has provided draft regulations to the commons bill committee that set out how, subject to the passage of the Education and Adoption Bill, a primary school will be defined as coasting in 2016.

A school will be coasting if:

  • in 2014 and 2015 fewer than 85 per cent of pupils achieve level 4 or above in reading, writing and mathematics and a below median percentage of pupils make expected progress, and;
  • in 2016 fewer than 85 per cent of pupils achieve the new expected standard across these subjects and they do not make sufficient progress.

To be deemed coasting in 2016, a school must fall below the coasting level for all three of the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

As the coasting definition will maintain the aspiration for 85 per cent of pupils to reach the new expected standard, ministers have consequently decided that the attainment part of the primary floor standard will be set at 65 per cent in 2016 to differentiate the one-year floor standard and the three-year coasting definition.

More information on floor standards can be found at: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/fs_14/index.html.

Page Published: 07/08/2015