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Off-rolling the evidence.

Off-rolling the evidence.

1. There’s mixed understanding of what off-rolling is, but many are aware that it’s happening and
that it’s on the increase.
2. Many education professionals perceive there to be an overlap between off-rolling and other
(sometimes legitimate) practices.
3. Off-rolling is triggered by league table position - both SLT and classroom teachers feel the
pressure of needing to maintain high performance and good Ofsted ratings.
4. Vulnerable students, with SEN or other needs, are more likely to be affected.
5. While schools may say pupils are off-rolled due to behaviour, teachers personally believe
academic achievement is more important in the decision making.
6. It’s an informal process, during which schools collect data on behaviour and correspondence
with the parents.
7. Parents are pressured to accept off-rolling and many teachers think more support is needed for
them, especially for those with the least understanding of their children’s rights and/or EAL
8. A minority would like to see more support for schools around how to deal with low
attendance/SEN pupils when all other possible solutions have been exhausted.

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