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Estyn inspectors praise 'caring and inclusive' support for vulnerable pupils

Swansea's Pupil Referral Unit is a caring and inclusive community where nearly all young people who attend make good progress and nearly all of them go on to college once they leave.

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Government appointed inspectors also found those who attend learn to manage their behaviour better and there are strong safety processes in place to protect them.

In a report published today (Wed) Estyn rated the PRU, which teaches some of the most vulnerable young people in Swansea, as good in all five inspection areas.

Inspectors highlighted the quality of teaching and said staff have a sound knowledge of the pupils and their difficulties.

They said there are good schemes of work which lead to worthwhile learning experiences and a variety of teaching approaches are effectively deployed.

The report states: "The PRU is a caring and inclusive community. The focus upon positive relationships is a strength and influences all of its work.

"All staff display considerable commitment and sensitivity in supporting pupils to help them access learning effectively. This level of support helps pupils to feel safe and develops a great sense of belonging to the PRU and the wider community."

The inspectors said headteacher Amanda Taylor has a clear vision that promotes wellbeing and nurtures all pupils to achieve and develop valuable lifelong skills which is shared and supported by the service's leadership team so that there is consistent and clear direction for improvement across the PRU..

At the moment the PRU is spread over three sites in the city but will move into a brand new purpose built centre in Cockett next year.

Ms Taylor said: "I am delighted with the report and its recognition of the work and commitment of the staff who work at Swansea Pupil Referral Unit.

"We have been on an improvement journey to enable us to provide the best support possible for pupils in Swansea, and this report serves as a valuable milestone to both recognise the progress made to date, and point us in the direction for future travel and improvement.

"This report comes at an exciting time in our development, with a new, purpose designed building currently in the process of being built.

"This will enable us to further enhance the curriculum opportunities on offer to the pupils who attend the Pupil Referral Unit, and the ways in which we are able to support them in their learning."

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "This very pleasing inspection report clearly shows that Swansea Council's investment in our most vulnerable young people is improving their education and life prospects.

"I would like to congratulate all involved.

"Although work temporarily stopped on the new centre in Cockett after Dawnus went into administration I anticipate we will have some very good news about the resumption of the project with the next week and I'm confident that pupils and staff will benefit from new state-of-the-art facilities next year.

"This will only further enhance the excellent work that is already being done by the PRU."

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