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NAHT welcomes consultation on the end of floor and coasting standards

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The DfE has launched a consultation that seeks views on proposals to remove the floor and coasting standards and have a clearer, simpler approach to identifying schools that may benefit from an offer of support to improve.

NAHT has long campaigned for the government to remove the floor and coasting standards.

Our Assessment Review Group report in 2017, resolutions at Annual Conference and most recently the report of our Accountability Commission have all clearly called for an end to the use of floor and coasting standards. NAHT's Accountability Commission also made a clear recommendation that the DfE should use a 'requires improvement' judgement as the trigger for funded support and as a replacement for floor and coasting standards.

NAHT will be submitting a response to the consultation on behalf of our members but we also encourage you to submit your own response. It will take only a few minutes of your time as the consultation has only four questions to which you can respond with a click for "yes" or "no" and there is the option to add comments if you wish:

Question 1: Do you agree with the proposal to use Ofsted RI judgements to identify schools eligible for DfE offers of support?

Question 2: Do you agree with the proposed removal of floor and coasting standards?

Question 3: Do you see any disadvantages of removing floor and coasting?

Question 4: Do you think the changes outlined in paragraphs 9, 11, 26 and 30 would give schools greater clarity on which are eligible for improvement support?

You can have your say here.

NAHT is encouraged that our work on this has been successful and that the Secretary of State agrees with NAHT's views as the consultation proposes:

  • to use Ofsted 'requires improvement' judgements to identify schools eligible for these DfE offers of support;
  • to remove coasting and floor data standards.


The support for those schools will remain optional, as it has been this year. It will be for schools to decide whether or not they take up that offer. The consultation document explains more about this.

First published 30 January 2019