Governors under fire for not questioning why pupils ‘disappear’ from school rolls

The TES reports that the National Governors’ Association chief exec calls for a focus on ‘ethical governance’

Governors at schools where large numbers of Year 10 and 11 pupils have “disappeared” have come under fire for not holding senior leaders to account.

The criticism from Emma Knights, chief executive of the National Governors Association, follows claims that some pupils are being “managed out” of mainstream secondary schools to boost league table positions.

“……schools that have an awful lot of pupils disappearing, for want of a better phrase, in years 10 and 11, what were the boards doing about that?”, she asked. “You can see from the numbers that that is happening. Why weren’t they asking questions?”

A report published by Education Datalab in January said that 125 schools would have seen their headline GCSE pass rate fall by at least 5 percentage points if league tables were re-weighted to allocate pupils’ results according to how long they had stayed at a school.s happening.

“Sometimes, because governing bodies listen to their headteachers and CEOs, that stress of performance tables and Ofsted gets transferred to governing boards, where really governing boards are the ones who should have the courage to say ‘is this really in the interest of the young people?’”

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