Statutory guidance

Schools causing concern

Statutory guidance on local authorities' and regional schools commissioners' responsibilities relating to schools and PRUs causing concern.


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:

You should also be aware of how this guidance affects your school if you’re part of a:

  • diocese
  • 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.