Proposal to lower the age range of Scarborough Pupil Referral Unit, Scarborough from 11-16 to 4-16 from 31 August 2021

This page sets out details of a proposal to lower the age range of Scarborough Pupil Referral Unit from 11-16 to 4-16, on 31 August 2021. It gives the background to the proposal. There will be a virtual public meeting on: 18 January at 7pm.

If you wish to be part of this virtual meeting could you please let us know by emailing schoolorganisation@northyorks.gov.uk

If you do not have the facilities to participate in a virtual meeting but would still like to take part could you please liaise directly with Scarborough Pupil Referral Unit, Valley Bridge Parade, Scarborough YO11 2PG, 01609 536516

Background

Local authorities are responsible for arranging suitable full-time education for permanently excluded pupils, and for other pupils who – because of illness or other reasons – would not receive suitable education without such provision. This applies to all children of compulsory school age resident in the local authority area, whether or not they are on the roll of a school, and whatever type of school they attend. Full-time education for excluded pupils must begin no later than the sixth day of the exclusion.

Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) are a type of alternative provision which educates pupils who are unable to access mainstream schooling for any of the reasons set out above.

Although located in Scarborough town the PRU provides education to pupils from across the Scarborough District.

The Proposal

Scarborough Pupil Referral Unit has historically had an age range of 11-16 and itis predominantly pupils within this age range who have required this type of provision. However, there have also been a small number of pupils aged under 11 who have been excluded and have required an alternative provision. In these circumstances a number of provisions in primary schools have provided places. In 2019 it was considered by officers that the expertise of the PRU was best suited to provide these places to the younger pupils. For the last year the PRU has temporarily accommodated a number of pupils aged under 11 and it is now the view of officers that this should be formalised as a longer term arrangement until at least such time that the SEND Strategic Plan is fully implemented.

It is essential that the Local Authority maintain options to provide provision for primary aged pupils who are excluded from school. The number of places required is likely to be very low and  it is unlikely that the Scarborough PRS would support more than 5 primary age pupils at any one time.

The PRU is considered the most appropriate provision to lead on the education of this younger group of pupils. The staff and leadership at the PRU have the necessary professional skills and primary education training to meet the needs of these pupils. At the last Ofsted inspection in 2018 the provision was judged ‘Good’ and the effectiveness Leadership and Management was judged ‘Outstanding’. This proposal is being made with the support of the Leadership at the Scarborough PRU.

What Happens Next?

Your views about this proposal are welcomed.

Complete our survey online

Paper responses should be returned to the address below:

Freepost RTKE-RKAY-CUJS
Scarborough Pupil Referral Unit
Strategic Planning
North Yorkshire County Council
County Hall
Northallerton
DL7 8AE

The closing date for responses is 23 February 2021

All responses to the consultation received by this date will be considered by the County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills on Tuesday 9 March 2021.

Anticipated Key Dates

All dates are subject to approvals at each stage.

Stage

Date

Approval to Consult by Executive Members

15 December 2020

Consultation opens

(6 weeks during term time)

12 January 2021

Virtual Public meeting

18 January 2021

Consultation closes

23 February 2021

 Executive Members for Education and Skills considers consultation response

9 March 2021

Executive Members decision whether to implement

9 March 2021

Proposed Implementation date

31 August 2021