Friday 11 October 2019 / 9:45 AM Angela Rayner / Education

Thousands of children falling off school rolls is a scandal – Rayner

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on The Education Policy Institute’s report on unexplained pupil exits from schools, said:

“The Tories’ academy system is simply not fit for purpose. They have thrown money at an academy and free school programme that is not improving outcomes for pupils and is characterised by a worrying lack of transparency and accountability when it comes to school exclusions, bumper salaries for executives at multi-academy trusts and financial mismanagement.

“Labour will end the forced conversion of local schools to academies, scrap the free school programme and instead focus on delivering the best results for pupils and giving power back to the communities so that our schools are run by the people who know them best – parents, teachers and local communities.

“It is a scandal that thousands of children are falling off school rolls and often out of the education system altogether, denying them an education and leaving them at risk of exploitation by criminal gangs. Labour will address the scandal of informal school exclusions by ending the perverse incentives in our education system. The next Labour will government will stop schools receiving funding for pupils that disappear off school rolls, and ensure that schools are responsible for the outcomes of all pupils who disappear off school rolls or are excluded until another permanent school place is found for them.”