On 23 February 2016 the Education and Adoption Bill passed through parliament and will now make its way to Her Majesty the Queen for royal assent. Following this the Bill will become an Act of Parliament and the measures will come into force as soon as possible.
The Government claims that the new Bill will “transform the education system by giving power and responsibility to teachers on the front line, empowering schools themselves to spread excellence everywhere.” They have also stated that the Bill will allow for swifter intervention when a school is coasting or failing and that there will be more schools changing to academies.
Once in force, the Bill will remove a school’s statutory right to appeal warning notices and will formally introduce the concept of ‘coasting’ schools. The definition of how coasting schools may be defined is likely to include schools which are rated as “requiring improvement” and which fail to meet the standards on improvement. (You can read more about how a coasting school is defined in our earlier blog: Coasting schools finally defined as…)
These new measures will also give regional school commissioners the power to force schools to work with expert head teachers from high achieving schools.
For under-performing schools, the Bill means that they will face a quicker intervention which will apply to any school rated as “requiring improvement” and that lacks a clear improvement plan or the capacity to improve. Coasting schools will be a particular target and are considered to be those which have shown a “prolonged period of mediocre performance” or “insufficient pupil progress”. Should a school be rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted it will automatically be issued with an academy order.
The Bill still needs to receive royal assent but once in force, we can expect the Government’s academies and intervention agenda to accelerate rapidly.
You can read more about what the Bill will involve and what the changes will be for schools in our ‘Guide to the Education and Adoption Bill’.
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