The Association of Directors of Children’s services has called for Ofsted to take further steps to tackle ‘off rolling’, the process by which schools remove challenging students from their register.
In its response to a consultation on a new Ofsted framework which includes provision for inspectors to review off rolling practices, the ACDS has questioned the likely effectiveness of the proposed approach.
ACDS want Inspectors to be given more time to delve deeper so they can understand the real reasons behind children moving out of schools. They argue that such an approach would also help uncover school failings, either perceived or real, in such areas as tackling bullying.
In their response ADCS also calls for Ofsted to develop a "more nuanced and narrative approach" to inspection ratings, which it argues would offer a fairer and more useful judgment for schools and parents.
The full response can be found here