Spielman: Ofsted has identified off-rolling at three schools

Amanda Spielman told MPs on the education select committee that two reports in which the practice had been noted had been published, while another was in the pipeline. Tes reports.

The two schools in question, Shenley Academy in Birmingham and Harrop Fold in Salford, were both judged to be inadequate and were placed in special measures.

Harrop Fold – the school featured in the Educating Greater Manchester TV series – has been embroiled in controversy since last summer.

Former headteacher Drew Povey was suspended from the school in July and the school’s governors launched an investigation into his conduct.

The inspection report states: “The reasons behind, and ethics of, some historic leadership decisions are not clear. For example, inspection evidence makes it clear that, over recent years, Year 11 pupils have been deleted from the school roll shortly before the date of the Department for Education’s annual census of schools each January, only to be readmitted at a later date.

“This type of action means that the examination results of pupils taken off roll temporarily do not appear in school-performance tables.”

The Ofsted report on Shenley Academy, published in October last year, says: “Leaders removed eight Year 11 pupils on the same day in autumn term 2017.

“They were not able to give a valid explanation as to why this happened. This practice suggests ‘off-rolling’.”

Ofsted’s annual report shows that 19,000 pupils were taken off school rolls between Years 10 and 11 last year, with about half of these not reappearing on the roll of another state-funded school.

The inspectorate has identified 300 schools as potentially being guilty of off-rolling because of the high number of pupils moving between Years 10 and 11. But it has refused to name them on the basis of this data.

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