This is what happens when you set up structures that prioritise examination performance above all else… the most vulnerable students pay the cost. It is essentially the marketisation of learning – it is just another commodity now!
This is not a new phenomenon – it has been a shortcoming for at least 20 years.
It manifests itself in many ways, witness the recent scandal of sixth form students ejected half way into their A level courses because some data analysis revealed that their performance might impact negatively on the whole school performance figures.
The result is dreams shattered, resources wasted and schools not serving their community effectively. There are also costs of vulnerable students being denied an education as many of the old support structures have been lost in the move to Academisation and Free Schools or have been lost within local authorities in austerity induced cost cutting.
This is managerialism in its darkest form – treating learners as units to be rejected as not passing quality control procedures.
Read the full story on the BBC website: Excluded pupils ‘abandoned by schools’ | BBC News