Admissions and Induction

Bradford District PRU fulfils a key role in the support of secondary-aged pupils who have been unable to maintain a permanent place within mainstream education. Since the establishment of the Behaviour and Attendance Collaboratives (BACs) in September 2007, arrangements have been made for up to 160 funded HNB placements, available at Anerley Street alongside additional centres across the District. The purpose of such placements is to enable pupils to acquire skills which allow their continued access further education and complete their Key Stage 4 studies. Additional places can be purchased by the BACs and referring schools. District PRU commissions a number of additional Independent Schools and providers across the District.

Policy Objectives

The transitional management of pupils into and out of the centres is a joint enterprise between the Management of District PRU, its Transition Team in conjunction with the BAC representatives and Inclusion Officers. This policy defines how placement management of pupils will be undertaken.

Procedures and Practices

  • Bradford District PRU will make available 160 placements in the first instance with an additional capacity to commission and place further students referred to the school.
  • The BACs will scrutinise the referral documentation, including a pupil’s record of progress through the 7 Level Behaviour Framework, from each referring school, to inform the discussion on placement.

Bradford District PRU will finalise contractual arrangements between the PRU and referring school to include:

  • identification of the school’s key worker for each pupil
  • the involvement of other Children’s Services
  • a schedule of liaison meetings between the key worker and the school
  • entry arrangements, including parental/carer involvement
  • all relevant school records must transfer with the student
  • all relevant school books/coursework
  • entry information for public examination

Schools will ensure that all relevant information on pupils, referred by the BACs, is collated and used in the preparation for admission, including:

  • CAF
  • the Care Plan of a Looked After Child
  • an up to date PEP for Looked After Children
  • medical / health information
  • identification of any other agency involvement.
  • Parents/carers are actively involved in the whole transitional process from the preparation for admission; throughout the actual prevention placement and during the period of reintegration to the referring school.
  • Statement/ECHP
  • Placement Reports for Central PRU
  • Relevant supporting information from additional professional

Authority/SEN Referrals

There are occasions where students are referred by Bradford Education and these students are included in the total number of places funded by HNB. These students are not always immediately known to the BACs for a number of reasons such as;

  • Students left area and returned during Key Stage 4, (a prior Bradford postcode is used by Bradford Education to determine allocation to BAC).
  • Student previously placed at Ellar Carr or Oastlers School.
  • Students returning from OLA from Residential School or Youth Offenders’ Centre.
  • Student placed in Bradford by another Local Authority.

Admissions Arrangements

On referring a student to Bradford District PRU, schools must complete all necessary referral paperwork and copy it to the following persons;

  • BAC’s Chair
  • Access and Inclusion Officers
  • Bradford District PRU

On receipt of a referral Bradford District PRU will arrange for an initial meeting and visit to the School in order for each student to undertake a short Induction Programme. Following the Induction programme a personalised timetable will be developed that may include provision in different sites across the city. Bradford District PRU will assist parents to make an application for transport where necessary following the guidance and policy laid out by Bradford Metropolitan District Council. All information can be found on the Council Website at;

http://www.bradford.gov.uk/bmdc/education_and_skills/schools/school_transport/school_travel_policy

It is important that all parties understand that the application process for transport can take up to thirty days as stipulated within the policy and it is the responsibility of the referring school to ensure that each student is in full-time education up to when an agreed start date can be arranged.