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Rise in exclusions blamed on government.

Rise in exclusions blamed on government.

The government has been "complicit" in an illegal policy that saw a school force out pupils unlikely to achieve high grades, campaigners have claimed.

They said the Department for Education did not take punitive steps against the head at St Olave's school in south-east London because it was partly to blame.

The DfE's increasingly stringent league table criteria forces schools into "dubious" policies, campaigners said.

The DfE said it wrote to schools to say such expulsions were illegal last year.

The practice, found to be illegal in an independent inquiry commissioned by Bromley Council, was introduced and overseen at the school in Orpington over a seven year-period by former headmaster Aydin Önaç.

    

It was reversed in September when a group of parents threatened a judicial review and Mr Önaç resigned at the end of 2017.

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