This page describe the services that The Buckinghamshire Primary PRU (The Bucks PRU) could offer to mainstream schools in Buckinghamshire beyond the standard inreach and outreach packages. The list is not exhaustive as bespoke support packages to meet particular needs can be discussed between the Teacher in Charge at the relevant PRU site and school senior management.
PRU staff who deliver the training/services are all experienced and judged to be competent either through attending an accredited course, having the relevant qualifications or by formal observation and performance management by line managers. The cost of these services fall into one of three brackets:
1. The following services are free to schools:
This service can be offered to support an individual bereaved pupil. We have a small number of staff who are experienced in understanding a child’s perception of death and their diverse needs. In addition they will be able to advise schools and families about organisations who support bereaved children and resources available.
Parental Support Advisor
Parental Support is aimed at supporting parents to better understand how to support their child’s learning, to provide information on services available during difficult times (for example bereavement, parenting classes) and encourage parents to get together to share ideas and experiences. Due to current staff capacity, at present this can only be offered to the parents of inreach pupils.
YR 6 Transition
As part of the standard inreach package and for certain outreach pupils, PRU staff will work with the existing transition teams to help a smooth transfer into Yr7. This work could be extended to support other vulnerable pupils, as appropriate.
2. The following services have an additional specific cost to schools:
This is a national organisation and currently four members of The Bucks PRU staff are qualified tutors. Team Teach strategies focus on de-escalation techniques as well as physical intervention. Most mainstream primary schools request a 1 day course; however, special schools, ARPS and care home settings usually request a 2 day course due to the greater need of physical invention with their young people. The cost of this training from April 2014 will be £720 for a 6 hour course for up to 12 people and then an additional £60 per person between 13 and 24 people. For a 12 hour course the cost is simply doubled.
Towards the end of the standard 10 sessions of outreach, a formal review is held. If both The Bucks Primary PRU and the school agree a further period of outreach support is necessary, then the standard service will continue for up to a maximum of a further 10 sessions followed by a final review.
If however the PRU do not feel that on-going standard outreach support is appropriate, either at the end of the initial or secondary 10 session programme, then it is possible for the school to ask for an individual package to be developed. This individualised service will incur a cost of £50 per additional session of outreach.
3. The following services have an additional cost to schools: £100 an hour, £300 half a day, £500 full day
For those schools where it is highly unlikely that a pupil will need to be physically managed, behaviour management training is offered to either the whole staff team or specific groups such as teachers, teaching assistants or midday supervisors. The training consists of a Powerpoint presentation which covers areas such as reasons for poor behaviour, de-escalation techniques and staff duty of care. Currently it is delivered by one member of staff from the PRU, predominately the headteacher.
This provides a time for listening, developing attention span, promoting oral communication and learning new concepts and skills. It is a time for auditory memory, sensory experiences, socialisation and a time for fun. Teachers have the power to make group time more effective and enjoyable for all involved. Quality Circle Time is a democratic and creative approach used to consider a wide range of issues affecting the whole school community. Pupils learn and understand the consequences of their behaviour and begin to take on responsibility for themselves and their immediate and wider community.
Effective training is vital to the success of Quality Circle Time and relevant PRU staff are accredited Jenney Mosley Circle Time trainers.
Formal Coaching and Mentoring
The PRU can provide coaching and mentoring for individual school staff to support them in developing their skills to manage class room behaviour. This can be tailored to meet the needs of either teachers or classroom support staff. In addition, senior staff at the PRU can provide a mentoring service to headteachers and/or their senior team to help them develop their skills and knowledge to successfully implement behaviour policies, action plans or whole school initiatives.
Midday Supervisor Training
Training can be provided for midday supervisors to support them in managing behaviour on the playground and helping the school implement a positive playground programme, with a range of social skills games.
A small number of staff are trained as trainers to deliver peer massage. Peer massage has been shown to have a positive influence in encouraging children to give and receive a nurturing touch and to help them to develop the skills needed for peer mediation and discussion.
Delivered by teachers, this lecture is for students on a PGCE course and aims to give them an oversight into working with children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.