Heads seek talks with Ofsted on off-rolling crackdown

A headteachers’ union is urging Ofsted and the Department for Education to provide answers on what constitutes off-rolling after a recent crackdown on the practice by inspectors. Tes reports

The Association of School and College Leaders’ inspection specialist, Steve Rollett, told Tes that he was seeking talks with the inspectorate to address headteachers’ concerns about how it will views pupils being moved into alternative provision (AP).

Mr Rollett said: “If leaders are less confident then there is a risk about what is in the best interest of children. Alternative provision is a resource for children, leaders have got to feel able to use that when it’s in the best interests of children.

“I know Ofsted has published its definition of off-rolling but I am not sure firstly whether that definition is tight enough, but also what does that mean on the ground for school leaders?”

An Ofsted spokesperson said: “There is a clear difference between off-rolling, which serves only the interests of the school, and moving a pupil who is failing in mainstream school to suitable alternative provision, where they have the best chance of future success.

“Our concern arises when such moves are not decided in the educational interests of the pupil.

“Sometimes pupils end up in unsuitable or unregistered provision, where no one has oversight of their education, and many end up dropping out of the system entirely.”

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  1. Anonymous

    Surely, the main problem is not when pupils are moved to alternative provisions (when done properly) but the way in which some schools (particularly academies) are off rolling illegally by simply telling pupils they are no longer registered at the school without making any other provision for them. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/nov/06/academy-trusts-gcse-students-disappearing-prior-to-exams

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