MP Voices Concerns Over Poor GCSE Grades For PRU Pupils
Chris Skidmore, Conservative MP for Kingswood and member of the Education Select Committee, has recently suggested that pupils are being failed by schools when it comes to dealing with unruly behaviour.
Recent results show that pupils who have been through a PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) are failing to achieve the necessary GCSE grades. According to a recent article in the Telegraph, “No pupils achieved five A* to G grades at 18 of the schools last summer – one-in-12 of the total number in England that registered results…At a further 20 per cent of schools, fewer than one-in-10 pupils achieved five passes.”
PRUs are in place for pupils who have been expelled from mainstream schooling. There are currently 400 PRUs in the UK with over 17,000 pupils in attendance. Figures show that, in over half of the PRUs in the UK; fewer than 25 per cent of pupils gained five GCSEs.
According to the Telegraph, Mr. Skidmore commented on the results stating, “Pupil referral units should be turning around the lives of young people at risk for educational failure. It is not good enough that so few pupils are achieving the basics, with not a single pupil doing so in entire units.
“If PRUs are not part of the solution in these pupils’ lives, then they are likely to be part of the problem and need reform.”