Research into “off-rolling” from schools
in England has found the scale of the problem may be worse than
previously thought, with one in 10 secondary pupils removed from the
rolls without explanation.
Researchers from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) found that more
than 61,000 pupils out of the national cohort who sat their GCSEs
in 2017 experienced an “unexplained exit” at some point during their
secondary school career. Of these, two out of five never returned to
The overwhelming majority of those affected were from the most vulnerable groups, including pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), those receiving free school meals or those in the care of the local authority.
A major investigation into the comparative costs of the two parallel
schools systems in England, and those of other countries, has found
that academies and multi-academy trusts on the one hand, and local
authority managed schools on the other, have hugely disparate costs
with the former far exceeding the latter.
It also found that while small trusts didn’t deliver value for money in comparison with local authority managed schools, economies of scale for larger MATs also failed to materialise and the costs per pupil for administration often actually get worse.
An investigation into a multi academy trust which ran two failing
schools has uncovered financial failings which include gifts, alcohol
and hampers being purchased for staff and trustees on the trust’s charge
Investigators have also questioned why the Thrive Partnership
Academy Trust spent £138,814 on branding and website design from the
most expensive supplier to bid for the work.
The Department for Education has published a report today into the finance and governance at the trust 10 months after the investigation finished and after the trust has been shut down.