BYERS ANNOUNCES ACTION TO STOP SCHOOLS USING EXCLUSIONS
TO ENHANCE PERFORMANCE TABLE SCORES
The School Standards Minister and head of the cross-departmental
Ministerial Taskforce on Truancy and School Exclusions, Stephen
Byers, announced today that the Government is to consult on proposed
changes to school performance tables to prevent schools from using
exclusion to improve their score in the tables.
The Government is consulting on the proposal that any pupil
excluded during the final two years before the date on which they
would have taken their GCSEs shall continue to count on the roll of
the school carrying out the exclusion for the purpose of the
Stephen Byers said,
"There is concern that some schools might be excluding pupils in
order to improve the school's position in the performance tables.
In adopting such an approach schools not only damage the future
prospects of the individual excluded but also mislead parents and
the public about the quality of education being provided at the
school in question.
Firm action will be taken to stop such abuses of the system.
Exclusions in such circumstances damage the children concerned and
deceive parents and the public.
We believe that our proposal strikes the right balance between
the correct use of exclusion to defend the interests of the majority
of children from disruption and the protection of the individual who
on occasion can be the innocent victims of the abuse of the power of
exclusion by a school."