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LEAs Let Down Excluded Pupils, Says Ofsted

Magazine article Public Finance

LEAs Let Down Excluded Pupils, Says Ofsted

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Local education authorities are not doing enough for children excluded from school, who are often allowed to go 'missing' in the system, according to Ofsted.

The education watchdog says provision for children not in mainstream schooling, believed to number around 10,000, is not enough and LEAs are compounding' the disadvantages they face.

Its inspectors said the overall provision for young people out of school, their low attainment, the targeting and monitoring of provision, and the tracking of their progress were 'unsatisfactory'.

'Too many children are in danger of being lost to the system, becoming disaffected and underachieving,' their report said.

Ofsted visited 21 LEAs in 2003/04, of which ten, representing a cross-section of England's 150 authorities, participated in a further detailed survey.

Four of these were not meeting the requirement that out-of-school children must have a full school week, with some attending 'for very few hours'. …

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