Schools ‘fixing league tables’
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.