News and views about PRUs.
On this page you will find some articles/links about PRUs. This page will be of particular interest if you are thinking about working in this area and would like some more information.
A general overview and look at what PRUs do and who they work with.
'When I started as a teacher there was a lot of 'strutting and stagging' particularly by male teachers. Now I focus on psychology, differentiating students' learning from behaviour'
Jasper Murphy went to a pupil referral unit for teenagers who found ordinary school too hostile. It was the making of him, he writes...
Special classes for troubled pupils need to improve as many are seen as "dumping grounds" by staff, the children's commissioner has said.
Keith Towler said pupil referral units (PRUs) were often seen as an "afterthought" by local authorities, with inconsistent quality across Wales.
He wants the purpose of units to be clarified and to ensure teaching there is as good as mainstream schools.
PRUs are not prisons. Young people cannot be compelled to attend nor can they be forced to stay in lessons and pay attention once there. They cannot be made to behave. All we can do is work with young people and on our own practice so that they come to consider that the benefits of an education outweigh their desire to be doing something, anything, else. We do this through sanctions, rewards and relationships. It is hard. It is particularly hard with young people who do not think their future lies in mainstream society, if they think they have a future at all.