School improvement support for the 2018 to 2019 academic year

Support for schools identified as 'coasting' or 'below the floor standards' but not judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

What you can get

All eligible schools will be offered up to 3 days of free advice from a designated national leader of education (NLE) or equivalent. The NLE will work with senior school or trust leaders to help them identify and access school improvement resources.

Schools which are eligible (see below) and are also judged as ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted in their 2 most recent consecutive inspections will be offered up to £16,000 of funded support to address the needs identified by the NLE.

Who can get support

This is an optional offer for schools not judged by Ofsted as ‘inadequate’ but that are:

  • primary schools defined as ‘below the floor standards’ or ‘coasting’ based on KS2 revised data published in December 2018
  • secondary schools defined as ‘below the floor standards’ or ‘coasting’ based on KS4 revised data published in January 2019
  • not subject to ‘below the floor’ or ‘coasting’ (including, but not restricted to, special schools or local authority nurseries) and which are ‘requires improvement’ as judged by Ofsted

In the 2018 to 2019 academic year, the Department for Education (DfE) won’t use ‘coasting’ and ‘floor standards’ for intervention. It will only intervene on the grounds of educational underperformance if Ofsted has judged a school as ‘inadequate’.

DfE will consult on a new way to identify schools eligible for future DfE-funded support.

When it’s available

During the 2018 autumn term, DfE will contact local authorities and academy trusts about schools that provisional data suggests are eligible for support.

Schools will receive support once their eligibility has been confirmed by the published schools’ performance data.

All funded support will be delivered by the end of the 2020 spring term.

Find out more

The Teaching Schools Council will co-ordinate the support and match NLEs to schools.

Email any questions to

See the school improvement support collection for other available support.

Published 9 November 2018
Last updated 4 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Wording updated to clarify who can get support.
  2. First published.