League table pressure influences off-rolling, say teachers

Teachers believe the practice of schools “off-rolling” pupils is happening regularly and is being primarily used to manipulate their standing in performance league tables, a survey has found. The survey of more than 1,000 teaching professionals from primary and secondary schools, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Ofsted, found that 16 per cent said off-rolling – the practice of removing a pupil from the school roll without a formal, permanent exclusion or by encouraging a parent to remove their child voluntarily – happens “a lot”, while 48 per cent said it happens “a fair amount”. Read more.