Unexplained Pupil Exits from Schools: A growing problem? Education Policy Institute Report

A new report from the Education Policy Institute exploring new research on the growing number of unexplained school exits in England. The report uses data on children who reached year 11 in 2016/17, 2013/14, and 2010/11 and is the first report on pupil exits to take into account exits due to family reasons.

Findings include:

  • one in three pupils in contact with the social care system experienced an unexplained exit;

  • around one in four pupils with social, emotional or mental health needs experienced an unexplained exit

  • roughly one in eight pupils with Black or mixed Black and White ethnic backgrounds experienced an unexplained exit.