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Schools offered support by DfE.

Schools offered support by DfE.

More than 1,600 schools have been offered improvement support by the government after ministers changed how they intervene in failing schools.

Damian Hinds, the education secretary, announced last year that the government would no longer intervene in schools deemed to be ‘coasting’.

Instead, new triggers for “offers of support” from the government were drawn up, and the government has today released the number of schools affected.

In 2018-19, 1,657 schools were eligible for support, and 1,321, or around 80 per cent, are said to be “engaging” with the government’s offer.

Of those schools eligible, 1,036 are primary schools, 500 are secondaries, 80 are special, alternative provision schools or pupil referral units, 33 are all-through or post-16 institutions and eight are nurseries.

Of the eligible schools, 856 are local authority-maintained, 744 are academies and 57 are free schools.

Take-up of the offer of help was highest among LA-maintained schools, at 81 per cent, followed by academies on 80 per cent. Just 60 per cent of eligible free schools took up the offer.

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