Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)
Alternative Provision outside of the mainstream setting in Buckinghamshire is provided by a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU). A PRU is an establishment specifically organised to provide education for children who are excluded, sick, or otherwise unable to attend a mainstream or special maintained school or academy. It should provide education on a par with that of mainstream provision, including appropriate support to meet the needs of children and young people with SEN.
Very often pupils are described as displaying SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties or EBD - Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. Children are normally referred by their mainstream school for support to help the mainstream school to meet the child or young person’s needs and to avoid them being excluded.
In the case of children and young people with significant health needs that mean attendance at school is not possible, the referral must be supported with information from the Consultant.
There are seven PRUs in Buckinghamshire
(3 primary and 4 secondary)