Schools should be held accountable for exam results of pupils they exclude, minister suggests – Video

Nick Gibb said that judging schools on the education outcomes of students they have moved on could help tackle the rising number of schoolchildren being excluded.  The Independent reports. 

Official permanent exclusions have risen by 44 per cent since 2012/13. An average of 35 children are excluded from school every day in the UK.

Robert Halfon, chair of the education select committee, asked Mr Gibb whether schools should be held “at least partially accountable for the future outcomes of the pupils they exclude”.

Giving evidence to the inquiry into alternative provision, the schools minister replied: “I think there is a case for that.”

A review in 2012 to 2014 had looked into the idea and found that “there were fewer exclusions when you track back the results and the school was held accountable for those results,” he said. 

Former education secretary Nicky Morgan included the proposal in her education white paper in 2016 – but it was dropped when the whole document was abandoned.

But there have been growing concerns about the children being removed through informal methods like “off-rolling” – where schools remove pupils in a bid to improve their exam results.

Read more and watch Nick Gibb Schools should be held accountable for exam results of pupils they exclude, minister suggests – Watch 

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