Outclassed: The Kids Excluded from School

Outclassed: The Kids Excluded from School

Following a National Conference on Alternative Provision that was attended by staff from District PRU, we were invited by the BBC to take part in a documentary on students excluded from mainstream education.  Whilst the programme focused on aspects of the ‘bigger picture’ nationally we were proud of the staff and students that were interviewed and the highly positive experiences that they describe in being able access a curriculum tailored for their needs following joining our school community.  Students study at the PRU combines both core curriculum subjects and a variety of vocational offers.

BBC radio 4

Reporter: Adrian Goldberg

Producer: Alys Harte.

File on 4

Over 300,000 children were excluded from school in England and Wales last year – almost 6 thousand of them permanently.

Many of these children will end up in “alternative provision”, sometimes known as pupil referral units (PRUs) – schools for kids that the mainstream can’t handle.

But five years on from the Taylor Review, a report that found ‘a flawed system’ that failed to provide good education and accountability for ‘some of the most vulnerable children in the country’ – has anything really changed?

File on 4 hears allegations of a system under pressure; of illegal exclusions, ‘missing kids’ and how some schools are controversially manipulating league tables through ‘managed moves’.

We also hear from whistle-blowers from one school who claim an overburdened system and a rise of referrals of kids with extreme and complex needs have led to an increase in the use of physical restraint to manage escalating violent behaviour in classrooms.”

Community Open Evening

First community open evening for Bradford District PRU at its Anerley Street site is hailed a success

Article published in the T&A/Vivien Mason/Senior Reporter

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A FIRST community open evening held at Bradford District Pupil Referral Unit has been hailed a great success.

The school, also known as Anerley Street Vocational Centre, has helped turn around the lives of disadvantaged pupils.

The District PRU currently has a ‘good’ Ofted rating. Its new site was created in Anerley Street last year.

A recent open evening was held with invited councillors to see the improvements the school is making and included activities and a visit by Father Christmas. Food was provided by the Education Network and many current and former pupils attended.

The school provides caring support within a safe environment with a purpose to develop the students’ academic potential.

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Associate Heateacher Lee Whitworth said: “Our first community open evening was a great success and we would like to thank the huge number of local residents, businesses and councillors who attended and have supported our staff and students since we opened last year. As a result of the evening we are looking forward to developing a range of community projects with our pupils and local residents in the new year.”

Bradford City Fund Raising Support

We are delighted to announce the support we have received from Bradford City Football Club’s ‘Bantams Community’ who are donating free football tickets for our students.

The tickets will be used for pupil rewards and also in a free raffle as part of our Parents and Community Open Day/Evening which will be held in December 2016.

Bantams fan, Michael Stead (our Site Manager) collected the tickets for us:

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Leeds City College Awards

The annual Leeds City College Awards were a great success for two Bradford District PRU students.   Stuart Richards year 11  won the overall most improved Functional Skills Maths student Award for the end of the academic year 2015/16.  He has worked really hard throughout the year and developed his skills to achieve this award. The event took place at Keighley College and Stuart was presented his award by the lord major of Keighley, Shabir Ahmed.

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Akeem Khan was presented with  the 14-16 overall student of the academic year 2015/16 for Keighley College.  To receive this award Akeem attended the Leeds City College Awards evening at Leeds City Town Hall on 15th June 2016.  Akeem was presented with a framed certificate for his achievement  and determination across all subjects studied at the college including Maths, English Construction, Fabrication/welding, Motor Vehicle, Science and PSD.

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