England schools to be required to report on the number of exclusions

The practice of excluding students from schools is set to be placed under scrutiny with plans announced that the number of exclusions is set to be reported publicly in school league table data.

The intention is to stop so-called “off-rolling”, where schools remove difficult or low-achieving pupils. On average about 2,000 pupils are excluded from school each day – with 40 being permanently excluded.

The government-backed review called for a more consistent approach to “make sure no child slips through the net”. There are warnings of a “worse trajectory” for excluded pupils, including an increased chance of becoming a young offender or being out of work.

The Education Secretary for England’s schools, Damian Hinds, endorsed the report, promising “greater clarity” for schools over the appropriate use of exclusions, saying a consultation in the autumn would consider how accountability measures, such as league tables, could be used to keep schools responsible for the future outcome of excluded pupils.

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