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Schools: Standards

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what factors affected the decision (a) to include pupils who have been relocated through managed moves to new schools in the new schools performance statistics and (b) not to include in those statistics those pupils permanently excluded. (160080)

[holding answer 22 October 2007]: The excluded pupils' policy, in the achievement and attainment tables, was put in place to ensure schools that admitted pupils excluded from a maintained school were not penalised for doing so.

Under this policy, the admitting school can request to have excluded pupils removed from the school's number on roll. Results for the excluded pupil will still count in the school's performance figures provided the pupil was permanently excluded from another maintained school. This ensures that the admitting school's performance results are not adversely affected by taking on an excluded pupil.

Managed moves can be a good way of dealing with pupils who are at risk of exclusion, and offering them a fresh start, without going through the formal exclusion process. As they have not been formally excluded no special consideration is given to the counting of these pupils in a school's results. Pupils who move schools as a result of managed moves are attributed to the school where they were on roll at the time of the January School Census.