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In the Queen’s speech, the government said it plans to convert so-called coasting schools into academies. So far, there is no official definition of what a “coasting” school is.
Tricia Kelleher, principal, Stephen Perse Foundation, an independent school in Cambridge
I think it’s just a neat title to give to schools that they want to make into academies. I’m not in the state sector, but it seems quite political and like a silver bullet for a very complicated problem. There will be schools that you could argue should be pushing their students more, but with a teacher recruitment crisis, and at a time of budgetary contraction they’re are really up against it.