BRADFORD’S Pupil Referral Unit has taken a step in the right direction following a recent visit from Ofsted.

In its latest inspection visit, the PRU in Anerley Street, Bowling, has now been rated requires improvement by Ofsted, an improvement being rated inadequate in 2017.

Inspectors praised the “highly committed and knowledgeable staff” in the report, but also said there is much to be improved.

The report said: “The strong subject knowledge of staff at the main site in art, food technology, English and mathematics helps pupils make good progress.

“Staff are highly committed to supporting their pupils. Pupils recognise the care shown to them and, very largely, they respond positively.

“Safeguarding arrangements are effective. Pupils feel safe in the care of their staff.”

Areas the PRU needs to improve in include ensuring the quality of teaching and assessment is “consistently strong”, issues with pupil attendance, behaviour and resilience, and staff not being strict enough on behaviour.

Improvements are also needed to the curriculum to help “pupils make the progress they are capable of”, and lessons also need better planning to meet pupils’ needs and to challenge them further.