Schools ‘fix­ing league ta­bles’

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OF­STED has warned se­condary schools to stop sus­pend­ing poorly per­form­ing stu­dents to boost league ta­ble per­for­mance.

The ed­u­ca­tion watch­dog found some schools have un­usu­ally high ex­clu­sion rates, no­tably in the North East and York­shire.

Pupils should only be sus­pended from school for ex­treme be­hav­iour such as vi­o­lence, threats to­wards teach­ers or se­ri­ous dis­rup­tion of classes.

But pre­vi­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tions have shown low-abil­ity pupils have been sus­pended dur­ing exam pe­ri­ods for no ob­vi­ous rea­son. It means they have to take their GCSEs at sep­a­rate cen­tres and their poor re­sults do not dam­age the school’s av­er­age.

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