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Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, responding to the Government’s review into school exclusions, said:

“I welcome this review. I have become more and more concerned that some schools are gaming the system by off-rolling some of the most vulnerable children – including some with Special Education Needs and Disabilities – into alternative provision or home education to try and improve the school’s overall exam results. Our own research suggests there are tens of thousands of children we cannot be certain are being educated at all.

“I will be making the case for the Government to look at bold solutions, including looking at the possibility of financial penalties for schools, to ensure this practice stops and does not become an accepted part of the school system.”

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