A quarter of teachers have experienced off-rolling

A quarter of teachers have seen off-rolling in their schools, and most of these believe the practice is on the rise, new research commissioned by Ofsted has shown. Tes reports

The report also highlights concerns that parents with a low understanding of the education system are most at risk of being pressured into off-rolling.

It found that, of teachers who have experienced off-rolling:

48 per cent worked in an academy (academy staff accounted for 42 per cent of respondents to the survey) 

61 per cent work in a secondary (secondary staff accounted for 43 per cent of respondents to the survey)

29 per cent work in a large school (staff from a large school accounted for 17 per cent of respondents to the survey)

5 per cent work in a school rated “inadequate” (staff from an “inadequate” school accounted for 3 per cent of respondents to the survey) 

One senior leader at a secondary academy described off rolling as “commonplace” at their previous school, while an assistant head at a primary academy said: “I think it’s more common than people think it is… it’s gone up dramatically in the last 10 years…”

Ms Spielman described the findings as “troubling”, and added: “While not every school is off-rolling, teachers tell us that some are clearly pushing vulnerable pupils out through the back door with little thought to their next steps and best interests.

“And under our new inspection regime, taking effect in September, schools found to be off-rolling are likely to be rated inadequate for their leadership and management.”

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Have you experienced off-rolling at your school? Was it justified or not? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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