Ofsted: best referral units receive little information on pupils

Research by Ofsted into the highest-performing pupil referral units out today has found most of them receive little information about pupils’ progress in their previous schools.

The lack of information about previous academic attainment means pupils referral units struggled to find the right starting point for learning, even though some of the councils with responsibility for the PRUs studied had clear policies about what should be provided.

Ofsted also found that PRUs had difficulties reintegrating pupils into mainstream schools, limited numbers of specialist staff and inadequate accommodation.

The report recommends that councils should actively encourage schools to provide PRUs with information on pupils attainment, attendance and emotional and behavioural needs, and ensure units’ accommodation is adequate and improved urgently where necessary.

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