Martin George

Still ‘coasting’ along with no academy conversions

No schools have changed their status as a result of falling into the government’s new category

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“We will turn every failing and coasting secondary school into an academy.”

So said the 2015 Conservative election manifesto, which resulted in David Cameron returning to 10 Downing Street with an unexpected majority – and Nicky Morgan reappointed education secretary.

Now, it seems like a different era. A year after the first set of schools were officially deemed to be coasting, none of the almost-500 maintained primaries and secondaries have been turned into academies as a result. The idea behind the “coasting” category was to shine the spotlight on schools with good results that masked a ...

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