Thursday 7 March 2019 / 1:52 PM Angela Rayner / Schools

Leadson won’t timetable school exclusion review – Angela Rayner responds

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to news that the government has refused to commit to a publication timetable for the Timpson Review into school exclusions, said:

“This shambolic Tory government is utterly paralysed by Brexit and their own internal divisions, with Ministers dragging their feet rather than taking the action needed to address the major challenges our country faces.

“The government should match Labour’s proposals to tackle informal school exclusions – so-called ‘off-rolling’ –  to address the scandal of thousands of children falling off school rolls and often out of the education system altogether, leaving them at risk of exploitation by criminal gangs. This government is refusing to implement a policy with cross-party support that would support thousands of vulnerable children.

“Labour will address this scandal by ending the perverse incentives inherent in our education system. The next Labour government will stop schools receiving funding for pupils that disappear off school roles, and ensure that schools are responsible for the outcomes of pupils they have excluded until another permanent school place is found for them.

“This government has no plan, no vision and no hope of delivering the change we need.”

Ends

 

Notes to Editors

  • Speaking in Parliament during the Business Statement, Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom refused to commit to a timetable for the publication of the Timpson Review.
  • The terms of reference for the Timpson Review into school exclusions were published in March 2018

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-exclusions-review-terms-of-reference

  • Labour vows to tackle “off-rolling” scandal

https://labour.org.uk/press/labour-vows-tackle-off-rolling-scandal-thousands-students-disappear-off-school-rolls/

  • School exclusions linked to knife crime according to Police and Crime Commissioners, the Children’s Commission and the Home Office

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-47470502

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/exclusions-from-school-drive-rising-gang-crime-pjm5jv3hs

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jul/15/school-exclusions-put-children-at-risk-gang-grooming