Jack Williamson

What schools leaders can learn from the work PRUs do


For Jack Williamson, time spent on the SLT of a pupil referral unit has taught him some valuable leadership lessons that he believes could transfer well to mainstream schools, especially when it comes to dealing with exclusions and mental health

What can mainstream school leaders learn from pupil referral units?

Carl did not have a great start to his education. He has autism spectrum disorder that was diagnosed late, so spent much of his time at mainstream school struggling to communicate with staff. 

It wasn’t until he transferred to a pupil referral unit (PRU) that things began to change. A student like Carl can gain a lot from the specialist provision of a PRU, but there is also much that school leaders can learn from working with students like Carl.

Last year, I quit the familiar comfort of mainstream in favour of spending the next two years working in a PRU, as part of the Difference ...

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