Excluded pupils lack support, says Ofsted

Local authority support for children not in school is inadequate
and is “doubly disadvantaging” children and young people in most
need, education watchdog Ofsted warned last week.

Publishing a survey of the education of pupils out of school in
10 local education authorities, schools chief inspector David Bell
said: “The level of support being offered to children is
unacceptable and is reinforcing the disadvantages they already face
through social exclusion,” Bell said.

The survey finds that, despite pockets of good practice, schools
and LEAs are failing to track pupils, to properly share information
with partner agencies, and to analyse the impact of issues such as

“The quality of provision for children and young people out of
school, their low attainment, the targeting and monitoring of
provision, and the tracking of their progress is unsatisfactory,”
it concludes.

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