GCSE results: Nearly 300 secondary schools fall below new Progress 8 floor standard

And hundreds could also face government intervention after being classed as 'coasting'.


The number of secondary schools with GCSE results below the government's new floor target has fallen again, official Progress 8 figures show.


Figures released as part of school performance tables this morning show that 282 schools failed to meet the government’s floor target last summer, down from 329 last year.


This is the first time all schools have been judged on the new accountability measure Progress 8, rather than on the number of pupils gaining five A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and maths.


A secondary school is now considered to be underperforming if their Progress 8 score falls below -0.5.


The official government figures also reveal that more than 300 secondary schools would be classed as ‘coasting’ – a new measure to help the government identify where intervention is needed. 


For a secondary school to be judged as coasting, fewer than 60 per cent of its pupils must have achieved five A*-C GCSEs in 2015 and 2016 and it must be below the median level of expected progress in English and maths. And this year, its Progress 8 score would have to fall below -0.25.


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