Primary Pupil Referral Units (PPRU)

Most children usually attend the unit from 9.30am to 3.00pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30am to 12.45pm on Friday. Pupils arrive either by the school bus or taxi with an escort. Our staff liaise with transport staff.

Children at the PPRU

  • aged between five–eleven years old
  • children excluded from mainstream primary or special education provision
  • awaiting placement in special school/units
  • awaiting reintegration into mainstream


Our aim is to provide a stimulating and secure learning environment for pupils and to give each pupil a positive experience of school. Ideally it is a short-term placement whilst a permanent placement is being pursued for the pupil.

We facilitate the transfer from one educational establishment to another ensuring that the children experience educational and emotional stability throughout the transition period.

All children, especially those experiencing change, need a highly structured environment in which they feel valued and secure. Great emphasis is placed on all the positive aspects of both work and behaviour.

Structure of the day

When the children arrive at school we start with a group session and explain the day’s routine. The children are given their individual work plans at this time. Children are supported by staff throughout the day’s activities. Children are given regular opportunities to evaluate their own behaviour and learning.

We have an outdoor playground facility within the grounds of Netley Primary School, which enables the children to have outdoor playtime and PE Lessons

Teaching and learning

We offer children a broad and balanced curriculum based on the National Curriculum supported by NNS and NLS. The curriculum is planned on a long, medium and short-term basis.

Each child has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), which details both learning and behavioural targets. Each IEP is monitored on a regular basis by staff and is reviewed at the end of each term.

A termly report is written for each child and children are encouraged to review their own learning/behaviour on a daily, weekly and termly basis.

We have weekly swimming lessons at the Oasis Pool with a fully qualified instructor.


  • We liaise closely with parents/carers offering support and information.
  • We often phone parents/carers and make home visits.
  • We value the co-operation and input of parents/carers.
  • There are opportunities for parents/carers to visit the PPRU.
  • We often accompany parents/carers on initial visits to prospective schools.

Visiting adults include:

  • Driver and escort
  • School Nurse and Doctor
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Education Social Workers
  • Dentist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Social Services
  • Child Development Team
  • Educational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Artist in residence
  • Specialist Teachers

Child Protection Procedures

In accordance with the Area Child Protection Committee’s guidelines, we must report all cases of actual or suspected child abuse to the Social Services Department for investigation. This would include any unexplained marks or injuries, unusual behaviour and worrying things noticed or said about by the child. The designated teacher is the co-ordinator.

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