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Action to improve fortunes of vulnerable learners

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Education Minister, Huw Lewis will today set out plans to improve the fortunes of some of Wales’ most vulnerable and disadvantaged learners.
Wednesday 25 November 2015

At the National Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) conference in Cardiff, the Minister will outline initial plans aimed at driving up standards and improving the  provision offered to learners in PRUs through a fresh and strategic approach.

The Minister will announce that the Welsh Government will draw up a new framework for improving PRU provision that is focused on the six areas of leadership, accountability, resources, structure, learner wellbeing and outcomes.

The Minister has established  an Education other than at school (EOTAS) Task and Finish group, chaired by Ann Keane, to drive forward the necessary changes.

Speaking ahead of the conference the Minister said:

“Pupil Referral Units can provide an opportunity for some of our most vulnerable young people to get back on track, both emotionally and educationally.  

“For many young people the PRU might be their last chance of formal learning so it is vital that we ensure the experience is both enriching and positive.

“We know that provision in some PRUs delivers exactly that, but in others the experience is less positive and this is not acceptable.

“The evidence cries out for a fresh and strategic approach. That is why the Welsh Government is working on a new framework to improve PRU provision.   I have established a Task and Finish group, chaired by Ann Keane that will focus on identifying actions that can improve the sector and drive forward progress.

“I want PRU staff to be involved and engaged with the work of the Task and Finish Group so they can help to shape and improve future PRU provision.”

Ann Keane said:

“I am pleased to have an opportunity as chair of the Task and Finish Group to discuss ways of securing improvements in the education delivered to learners in the sector and establishing a framework for change. I look forward to taking forward this work with other members of the group.”

In his speech the Minister will highlight  that the PRU sector is represented in wider  work to develop a curriculum for Wales and that PRUs are being considered for  Capital Investment as part of the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education programme.

As part of 21st Century Schools £1.4 billion is being invested between 2014 and 2019 to refurbish and rebuild over 150 schools and colleges in Wales.



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