UK: Children dropping off school register could be being radicalised, Ofsted chief warns

Children across Britain may be running away to join Isil or being sexually abused because schools are failing to track them if they suddenly stop attending, the chief inspector of schools has warned.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, said follow-up inspections after the Trojan Horse plot scandal found pupils were disappearing from school registers during academic years without explanation.

He said the findings raised “wider” concerns that children across Britain were running away to join Isil, entering forced marriage or being sexually abused without teachers realising.

  • tom_billesley

    UK schools are reluctant to follow the rules on dropping kids from the school roll, because they are funded partly on a per capita basis.

    • Exile1981

      Same in Canada.
      Want to piss off a school? Tell them your kid is being home schooled, then wait till the end of the 3rd week and tell them you changed your mind on home schooling. The 3rd Friday of the school semester in Alberta is the deadline for funding. So if you come after that they have to accept the kid but don’t get the money.

  • Exile1981

    I’m assuming by the list of activities they are afraid these kids are becoming involved in that the kids are Amish? No maybe they are Mormon?
    We all know these are muslim kids. So if they are dropping off the rolls to join ISIS it’s a good bet that mom and dad noticed they haven’t been coming home lately. In those case the parents should be sent to join junior as it’s obvious they either helped the kid join, encouraged it or failed to report the kid joining.

  • ntt1

    or ritual genital multilation

  • trespasserswill

    Schools should have no power or responsibility to “track” absentee students. They should be required to report the absence to their local authority after a specific period of unexplained absence, and their duty should end there.

  • A lot of Muslims in the U.K. like to take their girls out of school around age 12 or so. I don’t get the impression that anyone takes this very seriously.