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Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

It is good to see you taking seriously the problem of school exclusions in London. How are your programmes tackling off-rolling?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I recognise that as well as too many children being excluded, too many young Londoners are going missing from the school roll. That’s why my Violence Reduction Unit is developing a programme of work to support the young people most at risk, including: support with transition to secondary school and taking a whole school approach to creating nurturing environment where all children can learn and progress. I am also supporting young people outside of the school system through my £45m Young Londoners Fund.

A lack of public data means that there are no accurate figures on off-rolling or managed moves. I welcome the research from the Education Policy Institute which interrogates available data. Their updated October 2019 publication found as many as 1 in 10 pupils out of the national cohort who sat their GCSE in 2017 experienced an ‘unexplained exit’ at some point during their secondary school career. Access to more information will help local authorities monitor and challenge schools who are illegally or inappropriately removing children from their roll. I am pleased that Ofsted is tackling off-rolling through its inspections and in May 2019, I asked Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector to consider undertaking a deep dive into managed moves in London. My team is currently discussing with Ofsted whether they can share London data from the national research they are planning on managed moves.