8. Off-rolling and gaming

‘Off-rolling’ is described by Ofsted as the practice of a school removing a pupil from a school roll in the perceived interests of the school rather than the pupil.

‘Gaming’ is similar and describes any process when a school’s actions or decisions – to exclude, not to exclude or during the process of excluding a pupil - are made in order to favour the school or academic league tables.

Any such exclusion is unlawful where a school removes a pupil from the Admissions Register for any reason not set out in Regulation 8 of The Education (Pupil  Registration) (England) Regulations 2006.