The chair of the Commons Education Committee, Robert Halfon, has expressed concerns over Ofsted’s omission of ‘off-rolling’ in school inspection reports.
‘Off-rolling’ refers to the removal of a pupil from the school roll without formal permanent exclusion or by encouraging parents to remove their child in the interests of the school rather than that of the pupil.
This follows Ofsted’s admission that the practice was found to take place in schools in some cases.
However, Ofsted did not describe it as ‘off-rolling’ in the reports themselves.
This caused schools to put out press releases claiming off-rolling was not found, since the term was not used in reports.
Ofsted’s admission was contained in an update to inspectors published last week and this asked inspectors to explicitly state that ‘off-rolling’ was found in future reports to avoid ambiguity.