“No ‘coasting’ schools have been forced to become academies despite a Tory manifesto pledge two years ago, new figures show.
In the run up to the 2015 election, the Conservatives promised to take over every school not considered to be pushing its pupils hard enough.
Hundreds of schools were thought have to been in this category – but new data released under the Freedom of Information Act suggests none have become academies as a result.
The Department for Education said that forced academisation was only ever intended for ‘a small minority of cases’ …
Of the 756 schools and academies that were branded as ‘coasting’ and have not since closed, more than half – 51 per cent – were told no further action was needed, and 49 per cent were told they needed some extra support.
In only one case did Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) use any of their other powers – a termination warning notice was issued to the Basildon Upper Academy. …”