Tackling the Rise of Off-rolling and Exclusions

The rise of exclusions and off-rolling has been highlighted in recent months, following the Landmark exclusions review by Edward Timpson published in May 2019.

Although rare the practice of off-rolling exists and is not in the best interest of the child.

Ofsted actively discourage the negative practice of off-rolling, where schools remove pupils in their own best interests, rather than that of the pupils. An example of off-rolling would be parents being encouraged to leave school or be home-educated, under threat of permanent exclusion.

The Landmark exclusions, found “too much variation in the use of exclusions and too many missed opportunities for children to remain in the education that best suits their needs.”

Although there were examples of schools using exclusions appropriately and effectively Timpson found there to be clear room for improvement and everyone has their part to play.

Make sure you are aware of your responsibility around exclusions. Read more: Exclusions – Getting it Right


Considerations of Exclusion

When considering whether to exclude, head teachers should take account of any contributing factors identified after an incident of poor behaviour has occurred.

Disruptive behaviour can be a result of safeguarding issues, bullying, mental health issues, recent bereavement or family separation or an indication of unmet needs.


Early intervention to address disruptive behaviour

"Vulnerable groups of children are more likely to be excluded, with 78% of permanent exclusions issued to children who had special educational needs (SEN), or classified as in need or eligible for free school meals". Landmark exclusions review by Edward Simpson, May 2019

If you have concerns about a pupil’s behaviour we can support you with identification of any factors and develop a programme of intervention to reduce the need for exclusion and address the needs of the pupil. See how we have supported schools with pupils at risk of exclusion:

View the case study: Learning Support Intervention for child at risk of exclusion

View the case study: Intervention to support pupil with an EHCP


During the Improving support for pupils with Social Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties Conference on Thursday 14th November 2019, Catherine Hodder, Policy & Advocacy Manager at Young Epilepsy will look at the responsibility schools have to support children with medical conditions, including mental health issues, formulating a Medical Conditions Policy and using and writing IHCPs to improve pupil attendance and behaviour and ultimately reduce the risk of exclusion.

For further details on the conference and a link to book a place, visit: https://www.babcockprime.co.uk/training-conferences/conferences/send-conference-2019

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