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The Buckinghamshire Primary Pupil Referral Unit


Dear school colleagues, 


From the 1 July 2024, we will not be accepting new referrals or conducting observations (unless agreed on a case-by-case basis) because end of year events and activities to support pupils transitioning to new classrooms and teachers do not a give a  sufficiently clear picture of pupil needs, and the level and type of support from the PRU cannot be properly considered.  If you do send a referral after 1 July,  please note that we will not be taking that forward this academic year.  


 If you have a concern about a child that cannot wait,  please do get in contact with us over throughout July, as we are happy to still offer advice.


Please refer pupils in the new academic year, after a settling in period, if they still require support. 


Thank you for all the support for the PRU during the last year. We hope that our work with you has helped inform strategies and support for your pupils, and we look forward to working with you in 2024/2025.


We serve all maintained primary schools in Buckinghamshire and provide support for:


  • Primary aged pupils displaying social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in their mainstream school within the Buckinghamshire education area.
  • Pupils who have received fixed-term exclusions from school or whose escalating behaviour difficulties are placing them at serious risk of exclusion.
  • Pupils who are at risk of failure at school through disaffection.


Referrals to the Buckinghamshire Primary PRU can only be made via a mainstream primary school within the Buckinghamshire education area. In order to make a referral, please complete the following steps:


  1. Download the referral form for the PRU site which supports your school:

2. Complete all sections of the referral form.
3. Discuss with parent/carer and ask them to signed the referral (please note that we cannot accept a referral without evidence of a parent/carer signature)
4. Scan and securely email completed referral form to your PRU sites email address (email address can be located in the top right hand corner of the form)


Schools must return this form and any supporting evidence in a secure format of your choice (eg. encrypted or password protected).


Once the completed form has been received, a member of the PRU team will contact the school to arrange a mutually convenient time to observe the child and talk to school staff.