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Offrolling of children in Birmingham

Offrolling of children in Birmingham

More than 2,200 pupils in Birmingham and the West Midlands are 'disappearing' from the school roll just before they sit their GCSEs.

The shock revelation has been branded 'disgraceful and unethical' amid concerns it could be fuelling youth crime.

Schools watchdog Ofsted has vowed to make the issue one of its targets in future schools inspections across the West Midlands.


The practice, known as off-rollling, means pupils disappear from the school roll between Year 10 and Year 11, often without the school knowing where they are. Some are expelled, some provided with alternative schooling - but the fate of many is unknown and, in some cases, could involve illegal practices.

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