Ofsted attacks high exclusion rates in the North

The schools’ inspectorate will be writing to headteachers to highlight the fact that they have the highest exclusion rates in the country

Ofsted is this week writing to secondary headteachers in the North and the North East, to express concerns about the high rates of fixed-period exclusions.

Cathryn Kirby, the inspectorate’s regional director for the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, will be highlighting the fact that exclusion rates are among the highest in the country in eight of the local authorities covered by the region.

Ms Kirby is also calling on her inspectors to pay particular attention to schools’ use of exclusions when making judgements about leadership, management and pupil behaviour.

Read on… https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/ofsted-attacks-high-exclusion-rates-north

Schools told to explain high exclusion rates

Ofsted has asked secondary schools in eight regions to explain why they are excluding far more children than anywhere else in the country.

Middlesbrough, Barnsley, Doncaster, Redcar & Cleveland, Rotherham, Sheffield, North Lincolnshire and Northwest Lincolnshire have exclusion rates well above the national average and have been singled out by the schools inspector. In Middlesbrough, 13 cent of pupils have been excluded at least once, according to official figures. In Barnsley the figure is 11 per cent and in Doncaster 8.6 per cent. The national average is 4.2 per cent. A fixed-period exclusion means a pupil is barred from attending school for a set period of time, from a day up to a maximum of 45 days within an academic year.

Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/schools-in-middlesbrough-barnsley-doncaster-redcar-cleveland-rotherham-sheffield-north-lincolnshire-and-northwest-lincolnshire-told-to-explain-high-exclusion-rates-cxbljqf6m

Schools’ pupil exclusion rate rise concerns inspectors

Rising numbers of secondary school pupil exclusions have prompted Ofsted to write to head teachers.

Eight out of the 10 areas with the highest exclusion rates in England are in the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber, latest figures show.

Cathy Kirby, regional Ofsted inspector for these areas, said schools should only use exclusion as a “last resort”.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said schools need more support for troubled students.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43112324


6 thoughts on “Ofsted attacks high exclusion rates in the North

  1. I wonder if exclusions can be linked to poorer (per pupil funding) and lack of hitherto L(E)A support?
    It is clear that authorities in the south are much more generously funded .

    Also the curriculum changes and changes to the examination system has put teaching staff under much more pressure and add in the lack of LA support as education longer exist. LEAs are pivotal to question, challenge and monitor financial probity of individual Academies and schools.

    Outwood Grange is high on the list for excluding pupils in Wakefield but there is little if any thing that anyone can do about it. Academies have seen Independent schools get away with it for years.

    Parents of pupils in independent schools were told ‘if you don’t take them away we will exclude them’. So the Independent sector schools were never highlighted for their exclusions. Before that the Grammar schools excluded by sending pupils back to their local Secondary Moderns schools.

    The increasing rate of exclusions in Academies throws children into the wilderness as other Academies don’t have to take them if they don’t want to. Instead it is likely to create ‘sink schools’ in the maintained sector ie LA schools.


  2. Ofsted / Dept of Ed should closely examine the exclusions that are made in order to remove children who will have a negative affect on results / league tables ie removing children in Y11 before GCSEs (when the student will have either results from Junior school sats and/or have been in the school/country for 2+ years) so will ‘count’ towards the number of GCSE results. Removing students at this point can make their overall results better by (+) x percent


  3. Debz

    Just where do you suggest moving these children to ? The model you suggest is precisely the point of the article; exclusion rates in academies is increasing

    Other academies won’t want them for the same reason that you are proposing to get rid of them.
    Academies determine their own selection criteria before and during secondary phases of schooling.

    Schools are not simply just about attainment and ALL children have a statutory entitlement. They are not a mathematical equation and learning can and does improve in no regular fashion.

    As I said it would create ‘sink’ schools in the LA maintained sector and what a terrible big stick to hang over a child’s head. I wonder what parents would think to your proposal?


  4. No not at all disabling across the board in every school and especially in the home whare most of the problems start
    And if the disabline was their you would not have to move any child out you should manage it in house so to speak


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