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''In maths I learn the most''  - Year 1 Pupil

Schools can refer a child to the Fair Access Panel (FAP) to request a place at the PRU, if a child is at risk of exclusion because their behaviour makes them difficult to manage. 

A panel of head teachers, members of the Youth & Family Resilience Team and Educational Psychology will listen to the case and decide collectively if the child would benefit from a period of short intervention at Burnside Secondary 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 Headteacher will contact the parent to arrange an admissions meeting. 

Our aim is to admit new pupils within 10 working days. In the unlikely case that we are over subscribed, the pupils case will be discussed at the Fair Access Panel and the pupil would be placed on a waiting list. 

How are children selected?

The process of selecting children is as followed:

1.   A concern regarding a child (Reception - Year 2 for KS1 Nurture Group referral & Years 3 - 6 for a PRU referral) is raised by the school/parent.

2.   A referral made to FAP (Fair Access Panel),by the mainstream school.

3.   The class teacher completes Boxall forms and collates reports etc.

4.   Referrals are discussed at panel and if the PRU is seen as a possible intervention, the admission process begins.

5.    A meeting will be held with the parents/carers and consent to join the Nurture Group/PRU will be sought.

6.   The child will join either the Nurture Group for three whole days and attend their mainstream for two whole days, or the PRU for five whole days for approximately two terms.

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 SEND Officer 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.  As part of the admissions procedure there will be a number of visits to the school for the child and parents.  We recommend that pupils have a part-time timetable for two weeks prior to attending full time.