PCC responds to the Timpson Review
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has
responded to the Timpson Review on school exclusions.
The PCC is also a former Head Teacher, who had been campaigning
against the practice of off-rolling that he believes is linked to
rising violent crime amongst young people.
Responding to the report, David Jamieson said:
"As a former teacher I understand how disruptive some pupils can
be and how difficult a job teachers have. The overwhelming majority
work tirelessly with pupils to ensure their behaviour is
"However, after years of cuts in schools, I also know that the
job is becoming increasingly difficult.
"I am concerned that there is a growing number of excluded young
people who have little to no educational provision and we are
seeing those children end-up in gangs and committing crimes as a
"I held a summit in March which bought together 180 education
professionals alongside many youth organisations. They too raised
these same concerns around the impact of rising exclusions and the
practice of off-rolling is having on young people and crime.
"This report has useful recommendations, especially around
Ofsted giving schools that off-roll an "inadequate" rating for
leadership and management in all but exceptional cases.
"I am pleased that after campaigning on this issue for some time
the government seems to be listening and I am pleased that the
recommendations from this report echo what I have been saying over
the past 18 months. Indeed, I raised this issue directly with the
Secretary of State for Education at the Prime Minister's Youth
Violence Summit at 10 Downing Street earlier this year.
"The publication of this report was delayed, the
government needs to ensure that the implementation of the
recommendations are not delayed either."
The PCC added: "In extreme circumstances I still believe
ring-fenced fines should be placed upon the worst offending
schools. The fines should follow off-rolled pupils into alternative
"The most important thing is that the government get on with the
implementation of this report and focus on ending the practice of