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
    bullying.

    “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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