Give PRUs the credit they deserve

21st September 2007 at 01:00
I want to add my support to Rena Harris- Cooksley's defence of pupil referral units (TES, September 14).

Behavioural problems at school often extend from a lack of engagement in learning and feelings of inertia towards education. When pupils with such problems are sent to a PRU with limited accommodation and resources, it can face a huge challenge in turning students around. That is why some are looking at new ways to make best use of the resources they have.

As shown in Ofsted's PRU report published this month, some are now looking to online solutions, such as online schools, to teach core curriculum subjects. These solutions help PRUs to overcome some of their limitations and allow staff to focus on more specialised support.

By providing PRU students with a personalised and enjoyable education with which they can engage, the process of re-integrating them into school becomes smoother and more successful. We have experienced this first hand at our school, and PRUs that are looking into flexible options should be given credit for maximising the support they offer to excluded students.

Eileen Field

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