Thursday, 10 May 2012

DfE Consultation: Alternative Provision

NUT members, especially those working in Pupil Referral Units and other alternative providers of education are strongly urged to have their say on the Government's proposals for reforming this sector.

Since the Government's Behaviour Advisor, Charlie Taylor, published his report, the signs are that Michael Gove wishes to accept his recommendations, and has commenced a rapid consultation process which ends very shortly.
Of particular concern is the drive to privatise the PRU services. The assault on LEA provision is surprising, considering the number of units recognised as good or outstanding by OfSTED.

ALL NUT MEMBERS WORKING IN PRUs are invited to a Round Table meeting at Hamilton House on Tuesday 26th June. Information will be available about the Government's planned changes to PRUs. Members from all types of PRU are welcome, including young parent PRUs, medical PRUs and PRUs for excluded pupils. Please click here to read more and download an application form.

You are encouraged to have your say on the DfE consultation by clicking here. The process closes on 15th May.

Also subject to consultation is a change in regulations to allow Initial Teacher Training to be undertaken in PRUs.  The Union has given a great deal of consideration to this, and has decided to take a position against this. The reasons being that PRUs tend to have a small number of qualified teacher staff with a high workload, and we would have concerns regarding whether it would be possible or reasonable to provide the full support to a trainee in this environment.  Also, QTS needs to reflect a wide experience of teaching and learning skills and pedagogy: while the experience of working in a PRU could be valuable, we believe that this would be better undertaken after the broad grounding of teaching practice in a school setting.

You can have your say on the Government's proposals to extend Initial Teacher Training to PRUs- by clicking here. The consultation closes on 25th May.

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