Exclusive: Governors under fire for not questioning why pupils 'disappear' from school rolls

National Governors' Association chief exec calls for a focus on 'ethical governance'.


Governors at schools where large numbers of Year 10 and 11 pupils have "disappeared" have come under fire for not holding senior leaders to account.


The criticism from Emma Knights, chief executive of the National Governors Association, follows claims that some pupils are being "managed out" of mainstream secondary schools to boost league table positions.


A report published by Education Datalab in January said that 125 schools would have seen their headline GCSE pass rate fall by at least 5 percentage points if league tables were re-weighted to allocate pupils' results according to how long they had stayed at a school.


Ms Knights told the Bett Academies show in Birmingham this month that in recent years there had been a big focus on “effective governance”, and not enough on “ethical governance”.


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