Failing and coasting academies could experience rapid intervention and face being taken over by a different academy chain, under new legislation proposed by the education
secretary, Nicky Morgan.
The Education and Adoption Bill, which plans to tackle underachievement, is currently going through Parliament.
Underperforming local authority schools are tackled by converting them into academies. This legislation, however, addresses the fact that, as more schools
convert to academy status, there are underachieving academies. Ofsted highlighted in their annual report that academy status "does not insulate you from decline". Inspectors found that 99 academies had declined from "outstanding" or "good" to a lower rating.
Under the proposed legislation, academies rated as “inadequate” by Ofsted will be "required to demonstrate they can improve significantly, or face the possibility
of being moved to another sponsor".
"Coasting" schools are those which might not be failing, but are not as successful as might be expected. The government has set a threshold expecting 60%
of pupils in secondary schools to achieve five good GCSEs, including English and maths.
We await hearing whether the proposals pass through Parliament.