Teachers have spoken out about the “fear-mongering” tactics used by some schools to coerce parents into withdrawing their children.

Research commissioned by Ofsted and involving 1,018 teachers and school leaders has found that parents with less understanding of the education system and their rights are more likely to fall victim to the practice.

The report, published yesterday (Wednesday, May 15), adds to the range of recent evidence about the practice of “off-rolling” students.

Ofsted defines off-rolling as: “The practice of removing a pupil from the school roll without a formal, permanent exclusion or by encouraging a parent to remove their child from the school roll, when the removal is primarily in the interests of the school rather than in the best interests of the pupil.”

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