The gap between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off peers in
England is much wider than previously estimated, with as many as 9,000
disadvantaged 16-year-olds not taking exams or recorded in school league
tables because they cannot be located on school records.
Analysis by FFT Education Datalab found an increasing number of pupils, both disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged, leaving mainstream schools last year for an unknown destination. In total, 24,600 disappeared from school rolls compared with 22,000 the year before, amid concern around “off-rolling”, whereby schools remove difficult or low-achieving pupils so that they are not included in their GCSE results.
Lord Agnew, the academies minister, also ordered regional schools commissioners to blow the whistle if they found Raja Miah, Alun Morgan or Mohib Uddin – who were linked to both trusts – “within schools in their regions”.
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An academy trust spent almost £20,000 renting a two-bedroom flat for
its chief executive – and won’t say whether it got government approval
for the deal.
Floreat Education Academies Trust spent £15,000 renting the flat, near to Floreat Montague Park primary school in Wokingham, for Janet Hilary. The rental, which incurred another £4,000 in utility, council tax and “other charges”, ran from August 2018 to August this year.
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