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Provisional Data on Coasting Schools

 


On 9 November 2016 the DfE published provisional data on coasting schools in England.

This document sets out the coasting definition in full and provides a brief analysis of the number and types of schools that are identified by the proposed definition based on final results for 2014 and 2015 and provisional results for 2016.

The provisional estimate of the total number of schools that meet the definition of a coasting school at either key stage 2 or key stage 4 is 804.

There are 479 schools that meet the definition at key stage 2 and 327 at key stage 4.

There are 2 schools that meet the coasting definition for both key stages 2 and 4.

It is made clear that no school will be formally identified as coasting until after the revised 2016 results are published in December 2016 for key stage 2 (KS2) or January 2017 for key stage 4 (KS4).

Once a school has fallen within the coasting definition, Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) acting on behalf of the Secretary of State will engage with the school to consider its wider context, and decide whether additional support is needed to help current leaders improve the school. The document states that the "Department expects that only in a small minority of cases will RSCs direct a coasting maintained school to become a sponsored academy or move a coasting academy to a new trust."

Some schools are excluded from the coasting definition. It will not apply to Pupil Referral Units, special schools and special academies, alternative provision academies or maintained nursery schools. A school will also be excluded from the coasting definition if one or more of the following applies in at least one of the three years:

  •  The number of eligible pupils at key stage 2 is fewer than 11;
  •  The number of eligible pupils at key stage 4 is fewer than 11 in 2014 or 2015, or fewer than 6 in 2016;
  • The school does not have published results against all relevant performance measures;
  • Fewer than 50% of pupils have tests or assessments that can be used as prior attainment in the calculations of progress measures; or
  •   The school closed within the academic year and did not re-open as a converter academy.

The document includes a breakdown by RSC area and models the effects of adjusting the coasting definition.

Also included in the document is a breakdown of coasting schools by school type, those tables are shown below.

Table 1: Number of KS2 coasting schools by school type School type

School type

Eligible schools in 2016

Coasting

%

Academies

2,477

106

4.3

Academy Converter

1,638

66

4.0

Academy Sponsor Led

818

39

4.8

Free School

21

1

4.8

Local authority maintained

11,024

373

3.4

Community School

6,243

269

4.3

Foundation School

573

26

4.5

Voluntary Aided School

2,672

41

1.5

Voluntary Controlled School

1,536

37

2.4

Total

13,501

479

3.5

 

Table 2: Number of KS4 coasting schools by school type

School type

Eligible schools in 2016

Coasting

%

Academies

1,945

176

9.0

Academy Converter

1,314

63

4.8

Academy Sponsor Led

555

108

19.5

Free School

25

1

4.0

Studio School

25

4

16.0

University Technical College

26

0

0.0

Local authority maintained

1,090

151

13.9

Community School

527

71

13.5

Foundation School

259

58

22.4

Voluntary Aided School

270

20

7.4

Voluntary Controlled School

34

2

5.9

Other

15

0

0.0

City Technology College

3

0

0.0

Further Education

12

0

0.0

Total

3,050

327

10.7

 

You can read the full document here

 If you're looking to improve the progress of your learners, you may be interested in the 'Improving progress; avoiding coasting' event. Click here for more information.

Page Published: 14/11/2016