Schools can refer a child to the Fair Access Panel (FAP) to request a place at the Burnside Secondary PRU, if a child is at risk of exclusion because their behaviour makes them difficult to manage. A panel of head teachers, chaired by the Head of Behaviour, Attendance and Children Missing Education (BACME) will listen to the case and decide collectively if the child would benefit from a period of short intervention at Hawkswood Primary PRU. If the panel are in agreement with an allocation, then the parent will be informed in writing of the panel’s decision and the Head or Deputy of the PRU will contact the parent to arrange an admissions meeting. Our aim is to admit new pupils within 10 working days.
Pupils are also admitted following direct referral by the Local Authority if they need to access our specialist SEND provision for ASD. Also admissions to our Forest Pathway College are for new entrants to the Borough who have limited English as a second language and these get typically referred directly by the Local Authority.
How are children selected?
The process of selecting children is as followed:
1. A concern regarding a child is raised by the school/parent.
2. A referral made to FAP (Fair Access Panel),by the mainstream school.
3. Referrals are discussed at panel and if the PRU is seen as a possible intervention, the admission process begins.
4. A meeting will be held with the parents/carers and consent to join the PRU will be sought.
5. The child will join the PRU for five whole days for approximately two terms with a phased induction if necessary to ensure their success.
Pupil Referral Units and Alternative provision in the London Borough of Waltham Forest provide education to borough children and young people between KS1 - 4 who at some point in their education, are unable to attend mainstream school.
Schools and Academies in the LA collaborate in the process of identification and evaluation of pupils needs, the placement of pupils in Pupil Referral Units or Alternative provision as required and the monitoring of outcomes for pupils educated out of school through a Fair Access Panel (FAP).
Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Provision
The Assessment, Placement & Review Officer (APRO) from the Local Authority SEN Team will consult the Headteacher for a place. If the Head Teacher believes the school can meet the child’s needs, without detriment to the current pupil population, then the child will be offered a place. We sometimes recommend that pupils have a part-time timetable for two weeks prior to attending full time to ensure induction and success into our high standard of learning culture and aspiration. Often these are pupils who may have previously been school refusers. Each pupil is considered on an individual basis to create a pathway that will encourage their success and identify particular barriers to learning in order to overcome these. This process typically involves a home visit and a holistic wellbeing review.