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Flawed coasting measures can only skim the surface

The DfE needs to re-think how it identifies 'coasting' schools, says the Tes Data Doctor

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What image does the phrase “coasting school” conjure up? I imagine a school that isn’t trying very hard – a school that’s cruising along in neutral, or perhaps freewheeling downhill without a care in the world.

The reality is quite different.

Coasting schools are identified using a series of thresholds, over three years. For secondary, this means schools with Progress 8 scores below -0.25 for the past two years, less than 60 per cent of pupils achieving 5 A*-C grades, including English and maths and which are below the national medians for expected progress in 2015. The primary school ...

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