BCPRU takes pupils from the secondary age range from the whole of Bradford. It comprises of two separate sites, Aireview and Jesse Street, who work together as one single PRU. BCPRU is committed to providing a safe, caring and stimulating environment for pupils placed by their respective Behaviour and Attendance Collaborative (BAC). The key aim is to prevent permanent exclusion and all the adverse consequences which such labelling and experiences create, and enable pupils to succeed in mainstream education.
BCPRU provides 50 short-term places, 25 on each site, for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils who have either been permanently excluded or who are at risk of permanent exclusion. Pupils involved with the Youth Offending Service, those who are failing to attend or those who have child protection issues are also considered. The aim for BCPRU is to re-engage the pupil and allow for them to successfully return to mainstream education. If an individual pupil is not able to manage in a mainstream setting, guidance from BCPRU will help to inform the school/BAC so that appropriate educational provision can be identified to meet the individual pupil’s educational needs.
The placement process for pupils is rigorous. Individual schools prioritise referrals. These are then further prioritised through the BACs prior to allocation of a place at either the Aireview or Jesse Street sites. Pupils that are referred to BCPRU are characteristically at high risk of permanent exclusion and exhibit disruptive and challenging behaviours and have underlying social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
Pupils attend BCPRU for an average eight to ten week placement. During this time the learning needs of each individual pupil are accurately assessed to create a personalised learning programme. This is delivered through high quality teaching. Specific attention is given to the social, emotional, mental health and behavioural needs of learners and any underlying special educational needs.
The intense intervention that BCPRU offers creates an environment where behaviours and attitudes, that are often engrained, can be managed effectively. This allows pupils to re-engage with education and experience success. This in turn fosters confidence and self-belief within the pupils and makes it possible for the pupil to undertake a change of educational trajectory. As a result of the calm, focused and supportive setting, pupils experience accelerated academic learning and reach academic levels that are more closely aligned to those of their peers.
In real terms, BCPRU offers pupils a fresh start in a new environment, away from the influence of peers and experiences that have previously impacted on their ability to succeed. BCPRU creates a highly structured and calm environment where highly skilled staff have a unified child centred approach that sets high standards and constantly works towards achieving them.
The curriculum is very structured and teaches English and Maths every day. Science, Humanities PSHCE and ‘Success in School’ are also taught as part of the non-core curriculum, and the practical subjects of Art, Design Technology, Food Technology and Media are also delivered. In addition, the curriculum supports personal development and wellbeing, with the inclusion of SMSC activities including sport, that gives the opportunity for experiences that support British values.
Within the curriculum specific work is done to support the improvement of social skills, attitudes and behaviours that will support a successful return to school. This focus on improving social skills, attitudes and behaviour is inherent in everything that is done at BCPRU, with staff taking every opportunity to support improved behaviour and learning in a holistic way.
Positive relationships with outside agencies also support individuals moving forward. A Safer Schools Police Officer is attached to BCPRU along with other organisations that support the curriculum and carry out targeted input with individuals where necessary.
Evidence of the impact that BCPRU has is shown by the number of young people who return to mainstream education. In 2015-16, 87% of pupils, who were referred to BCPRU, due to being at risk of permanent exclusion, returned to mainstream education. From this cohort, 76% of these were still in mainstream education six months later.