• DfE rejects 7,000 requests by schools to wipe pupils' GCSE scores

    The government has refused nearly 7,000 requests from schools for their pupils’ GCSE scores to be wiped from league tables after applications rocketed following the introduction of Progress 8. Schools can apply for the results of seriously ill pupils or those in police custody or who are home-educated to be “disapplied” from performance data, on

    7.00 Dec. 14th, 2018 | News

  • Should home education have statutory monitoring?

    With the second reading of the Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill due in parliament, we brought together Mike Wood, founder of Home Education UK, and Sarah Dove, a former teacher, who now consults for local authorities supporting children at risk of exclusion  Would you support monitoring visits for home-educated kids? Sarah Dove: Yes,

    5.00 Nov. 27th, 2018 | Features

  • Spielman warns off-rolling 'could get worse' after sharp rise in pupils leaving school before GCSEs

    Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has warned that the problem of schools removing pupils from the roll in order to manipulate exam results “absolutely could get worse” if it is not tackled effectively. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live today, Spielman told listeners that the education watchdog is looking into the “worrying” issue of off-rolling,

    16.26 Aug. 28th, 2018 | News

  • Schools could be fined if pupils are removed to home education

    The government is consulting on whether schools should be fined if pupils are taken off their rolls to be educated at home. A consultation on home education launched today asks if parents should be forced to register home-educated pupils, and whether schools should face a “financial consequence” if parents withdraw children to teach them at home. The

    12.50 Apr. 10th, 2018 | News