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OFSTED to stop schools using ‘off role’

The Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) and the Children's Commissioner for England have both raised concerns about the impact of this stating that they are putting children's safety at risk.

"Increasing numbers of children and young people are slipping under the radar and are missing out on education as a consequence of a number of borderline-improper or actually unlawful strategies such as part-time timetabling, managed moves, encouragement to home school or other types of informal exclusion activity which is not captured in national datasets," the ADCS submission stated.

"Further, being in education is one of the strongest protective factors for vulnerable children and young people. Exclusion can exacerbate safeguarding issues, such as gang involvement, and there is a well-proven link between offending behaviours and not being in suitable, full-time education or training."