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Frequently Asked Questions

How is support from the PRU accessed?


Schools can access support for a named pupil by completing the PRU’s Referral document which can be found on the referrals page. Parental consent, in writing, is required, and their views are welcomed. The document is then emailed to the PRU in your area.


What happens once a referral is made?


A member of the PRU team will visit the school to observe the child and talk to school staff. A report on the observation and discussion is then written up before a decision is made. School are then notified via letter, on the appropriate decision.


If the pupil is offered a placement at the PRU, how do they get there?


Transport may be arranged by the PRU to bring the pupil to and from the PRU. Please note that there are restrictions on transport so this option is not always possible. Alternatively, parents/carers can choose to bring and collect their child.


What happens if a pupil is permanently excluded from school?


The pupil will receive their education at Woodlands whilst decisions are made about their future education.


What happens if there are no places available at the PRU in my area?


On occasions, it may not be possible or appropriate for the pupil to attend the PRU in your area. In these circumstances, a placement will be sought at another Primary PRU site within Buckinghamshire.


Do you support Early Years pupils?


Yes. However, as we do not currently have qualified teachers for the early years curriculum, we are only able to offer outreach support for pupils in Reception of a mainstream school within Buckinghamshire.


Is there a charge for PRU involvement?

Outreach Provision is paid by the Local Authority. Schools are charged a daily rate of £30 or £37/£45 (Pupil Premium Pupils) for Inreach provision. However, the Local Authority cover the cost for pupils who have been permanently excluded. We also offer additional training and support – please see Other Costs and Services.