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Is pressure to achieve exam results contributing to school exclusions? Yes, new RSA data indicates

Is pressure to achieve exam results contributing to school exclusions? Yes, new RSA data indicates

"Data from local authorities demonstrates that, while there are consistently more pupils admitted in the first term of any school year, there is a significant increase in Pupil Referral Unit admissions in the first term of Year 11. Admissions in that term account for nearly 15% of total admissions reported to the RSA by responding local authorities. There is a sharp drop-off in admissions in the second and third terms of Year 11, when the rate drops to levels recorded only for Year 7 pupils."

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Laura Partridge

Senior Researcher, Creative Learning and Development

Our new research found a spike in admissions to Pupil Referral Units in the autumn term of Year 11, the final term before a student's exam results count towards a school's performance. This is evidence that schools are using exclusions to influence exam results. Laura Partridge explains the importance of our findings.

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14th February 2019

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