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Thackley Pupil Referral Unit rated as ‘good’
9:00am Friday 8th March 2013 in News
A unit teaching children excluded from mainstream schools has been judged good by Ofsted.
Ellar Carr Pupil Referral Unit in Ellar Carr Road, Thackley, teaches children aged 11 to 14, many of whom have been excluded from school.
Inspectors said: “Parents and pupils say behaviour has changed for the better in their time at the centre. From having a negative attitude to school, pupils say they now feel settled. Some, for the first time in their schooldays, admit to taking a pride in their work.”
But the inspectors said sometimes the work was too hard for the pupils.
The report said: “Some teachers’ lesson plans are too vague and occasionally work set for pupils is too difficult. Teachers do not always ensure that pupils are clear about their learning targets in reading, writing and mathematics.”
It is the first time the unit has been inspected as a stand-alone centre following changes to the way Bradford Council supports children and young people who are in danger of being excluded or have been excluded from school.
Head teacher Sara Roe said: “Everyone at Ellar Carr is delighted at this positive report. Staff have worked hard to ensure that a high standard of education and behaviour management is provided for all of the pupils.”