Parents being talked into homeschooling troubled children

The BBC reports that rogue head teachers are talking parents into homeschooling troubled children at risk of exclusion so their results do not count against the school, it is claimed.

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services said they were concerned about the growth in elective home education “as an intervention”, especially among pupils just ahead of sitting their GCSEs.

In a submission to a Commons committee, the ADCS said “exclusive practices” were being used as a “route to [school] improvement”.

“Schools and their leaders stand and fall on their reputation, and the most vulnerable learners are being squeezed out of mainstream schooling as a result.”

Debbie Barnes, chair of the association’s education achievement committee, told the BBC: “The issue is around the high stakes inspection regime, which makes it very tough for head teachers to always offer inclusion.

“We are talking about Ofsted and the school league tables – if you are rated inadequate you might become an academy – that means the head teacher loses their job,” 

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “There are transparent procedures for exclusions, and it’s absolutely deplorable if anybody isn’t following these – we are talking about the most vulnerable children.

He added that he did not think this “off-rolling” practice was widespread, but that head teachers had been saying they have been hearing more murmurs about it.

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Have you heard murmurs of “off-rolling” in your local area or has it happened in your school? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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