‘Coasting’ heads could face sack

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Published: Monday 2nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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Headteachers at coasting schools face being sacked under plans David Cameron will announce today to ensure every child gets the best start in life.

The Prime Minister will vow to wage an “all-out war on mediocrity” as he sets out proposed new powers to shake-up the performance of up to 3,500 schools.

Any English school assessed as requiring improvement by Ofsted will be put under new leadership unless it can show it has plans in place to bring about rapid change, he will reveal in a speech in London.

The country’s best headteachers, backed by high-performing neighbouring schools or expert sponsors, such as philanthropic trusts, will take over the running of the schools.

They will be expected to introduce reforms to boost results that could involve new discipline policies or changes in personnel, such as removing headteachers.

The move comes as part of a Conservative manifesto commitment to give all children a good start in life, regardless of where they are from.

Mr Cameron said: “As parents we’re hardwired to want the best for our kids. No one wants their child to go to a failing school – and no one wants to them to go to a coasting school either.

“So this party is clear. Just enough is not good enough. That means no more sink schools – and no more ‘bog standard’ schools either. We’re waging an all-out war on mediocrity, and our aim is this: the best start in life for every child, wherever they’re from – no excuses.”

Eton-educated Mr Cameron has previously insisted he wants to spread the advantages he enjoyed to ” every child in Britain” and pledged to end the education “lottery”.

The reforms build on existing powers that allow failing schools to be converted into academies. Around 1,200 schools have been turned into made the transition, mostly under the coalition.

Officials said pupils’ results improved faster in sponsored schools than in local authority schools.

Coasting schools will automatically be considered for academy status and must set out plans for improvement that are deemed as credible by the regional schools commissioner if they want to continue under their current leadership.

Published: Monday 2nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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