The Confederation of School Trusts (CST) welcomes the Education Policy Institute’s report, ‘Unexplained pupil exits from schools – a growing problem.’

The Confederation of School Trusts (CST) welcomes the Education Policy Institute’s report, ‘Unexplained pupil exits from schools – a growing problem.’

Commenting on the report, Leora Cruddas, Chief Executive of the Confederation of School Trusts (CST) said:

“The Education Policy Institute’s considered and thoughtful analysis is an important contribution to the debate about unexplained pupil moves. It shines a light on the issue of better recording of pupil moves and the need for better regulation of Alternative Provision.

There is certainly some very high quality Alternative Provision in our system, but as Ofsted has recently shown, there is also some worrying provision that is unregistered and potentially unsafe. Children and young people have a right to high quality provision, wherever they are educated.

Although the data in the report may look concerning, it is important to note that moves to Alternative Provision are included in the ‘unexplained exits’ where they are not driven by a permanent exclusion. A move to high quality Alternative Provision is often in a young person’s interests, but we do need better recording to improve our understanding of these moves. And we must ensure that the provision offers a good quality learning environment.

The Education Policy Institute report offers a longitudinal analysis showing trends over time, where necessarily the data is retrospective. It is important to note that Ofsted inspections in the here and now focus on ‘unexplained moves’ and the practice is to interrogate each move to check that the decision to move a young person was in their best interests.”