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  1. Raising standards, improving lives Challenging the Gap Conference Preparing for a successful future Christine Gilbert Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector July 2010

  2. Outstanding PRUs ‘Pupils make outstanding progress because extremely effective leadership has assured an excellent ethos for learning, teaching of the highest quality and an extremely well-thought-out curriculum matched precisely to pupils’ needs’ Dacorum Education Support Centre

  3. Outstanding PRUs ‘The Service provides an excellent quality of education for vulnerable pupils. Pupils in various centres and hospital, or those who receive home tuition, are given excellent support so that, wherever possible, they can quickly return to their school.’ Tuition, Medical and Behaviour Support Service, Shropshire

  4. Overall Effectiveness % Grade 1 2 3 4 2008/09 17 52 24 7 2009/10 19 40 29 12 September 09 – March 10

  5. Successful PRUs • High expectations • See no limitations, only opportunities

  6. Successful PRUs: the curriculum • A personalised curriculum which is tailored for each pupil • A focus on literacy and numeracy • Continuity with the curriculum in the pupil’s mainstream school

  7. Successful PRUs: achievement • Value meaningful achievements • Provide purpose and engagement • Enable accreditation and qualifications

  8. Successful PRUs: teaching • High expectations • Detailed planning, which uses assessment effectively and ensures a good match to learners’ needs and progress • Effective use of teaching assistants • Interesting and relevant activities • Effective liaison with mainstream schools

  9. Signs of ineffectiveness • Ineffective strategies for tackling low attendance and poor behaviour • Lack of understanding about the link between poor learning opportunities and poor behaviour • Safeguarding concerns

  10. Short stay provision • Being ready for the next step includes emotional preparation

  11. Successful PRUs: tutorial and pastoral • Is personalised and ongoing • Helps pupils to manage their lives • Requires staff commitment

  12. Successful PRUs: transition planning • A process, not a single activity • An individualised programme - why is the pupil at the PRU?

  13. Successful PRUs: links with parents • Support from parents in helping learners to meet their own targets • Support for parents at home

  14. Successful PRUs: links with other agencies • The need to plan these links and support from before the student enters the PRU • Links are focussed on the next steps before the student leaves • Use links during the students time in the PRU

  15. Successful PRUs: leadership and management • An ambitious and shared vision based on a belief that there is no limit to achievement and success • A focus on learning • Staff supported to innovate based on careful tracking and meticulous evaluation • An obsession with progress and effectiveness

  16. Successful management committees • Understand their strategic role and have evaluated the performance of the PRU • Provide support and challenge • Share successes

  17. Key characteristics of success • Ambitions and shared vision • High expectations, no limitations • A personalised learning programme • A focus on learning, success and improvement • High quality provision • A recognition of the value of qualifications • Transition is thoroughly planned • Rigorous monitoring and evaluating