Schools causing concern
Statutory guidance on local authorities' and regional schools commissioners' responsibilities relating to schools and PRUs causing concern.
Ref: DFE-00080-2016 PDF, 568KB, 45 pages
Ref: DFE-00153-2016 PDF, 123KB, 2 pages
This guidance describes how:
- local authorities and regional schools commissioners (RSCs) will intervene in underperforming local-authority-maintained schools
- RSCs will intervene in underperforming academies
- RSCs will intervene in pupil referral units (PRUs) judged inadequate by Ofsted
PRUs are places that provide education for children who can’t go to a mainstream school.
If you’re a local authority you:
- must follow this statutory guidance by law
- should use this guidance in conjunction with the interim executive board application form
You should also be aware of how this guidance affects your school if you’re part of a:
- school foundation
- governing body of maintained schools
- academy trust
The section on ‘coasting’ schools is not applicable until we publish the 2016 school performance tables.
You can find a definition of ‘coasting’ in the government response to the consultation on intervening in failing, underperforming and coasting schools.
Statutory guidance sets out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.
Published: 2 May 2014
Updated: 27 June 2016
- Added the 'DfE intervention powers in pupil referral units judged inadequate by Ofsted' document.
- Added revised statutory guidance, which applies from 18 April 2016.
- Added a link to the consultation 'Intervening in failing, underperforming and coasting schools'.
- Updated to describe local authority accountability over governance in maintained schools, and over performance, special educational needs and safeguarding in academies.
- First published.