Pupils attend BCPRU for an average 8 to 10 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 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. In addition to this, science, humanities PSHCE and practical subjects are also taught. Within the curriculum specific work is done to support the improvement of social skills and behaviours that will support a successful return to school. This focus on improving social skills and behaviour is evident throughout 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 schooling. In 2012-13 84% of pupils that attended BCPRU returned to a mainstream school. 72% were still in mainstream education 6 months later.