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Exclusions

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. https://epi.org.uk/publications-and-research/unexplained-pupil-exits-data-multi-academy-trust-local-authority/ 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.