Tes is reporting that almost half of teachers want schools to be held to account for the results of pupils they remove from their rolls in an attempt to boost their league-table positions.
The finding comes amid mounting concerns about rising levels of permanent exclusions, and the practice of “off-rolling”, whereby parents are encouraged to withdraw their children from the school.
In an exclusive YouGov survey of teachers, 47 per cent said they supported the proposal, compared with 34 per cent who were against and 19 per cent who did not know.
Support rose to 71 per cent among teachers in pupil referral units, where many off-rolled and excluded pupils can end up, although the sample of teachers from this sector was small.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, told Tes that he welcomed the fact that teachers were focusing on the issue of off-rolling.
The NAHT headteachers’ union called for more research into off-rolling. A spokesperson said: “The decision to exclude a pupil is always a last resort, but the funding crisis has definitely made it harder for schools to provide support for some pupils.
“In a fully and fairly funded system, we would see fewer exclusions because schools would have the resources they needed to keep pupils engaged and involved in learning, no matter what challenges they faced.”
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