Pupil Referral Units
Pupil referral units get an undeserved bad press. They are the last resort for children and young people who, for whatever reason, cannot attend mainstream schools and who often present the greatest challenge to teachers. Teachers in pupil referral units do a remarkable job in often adverse circumstances, including isolation from other local authority provision and in unsuitable premises. The Government should concentrate its efforts on supporting children's services and stop criticising and threatening them with privatisation. Pupil referral units must stay in the maintained sector because nobody does it better when it comes to children and young people with complex behavioural, medical, physical and mental health needs.