Illegal off-rolling of students: Yet more evidence emerges

With schools already under scrutiny in England, new figures suggest that hundreds of year 11 pupils are being ‘off-rolled’ in Wales. Robin Hughes reports

A total of 945 young people were taken off the school roll in Wales before taking their GCSEs in 2018, official Welsh government data confirms.

All Welsh schools must provide details of their pupils electronically in January each year. This is collected in the Pupil Level Annual School Census (PLASC) and the data is published online in July.

The data submitted by every school is authorised by the headteacher and validated by the local authority. Schools take great care to get this data right when they submit it.

The data is very important to every school. It is the only official determination of how many children are present at the school, their age and their year group. It matters to the funding the school gets.

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