Academisation of pupil referral unit (PRU)

New regulations came into effect on 27 June 2016 which enable the Secretary of State to force pupil referral units (PRUs) to become academies in certain situations.

The new law applies the latest provisions of the Academies Act to PRUs so that the Secretary of State has a mandatory duty to issue a PRU with an Academy Order if the PRU is inadequate according to Ofsted.

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The aim of the new legislation is to bring consistency to the academy conversion framework, ensuring underperformance within PRUs is tackled effectively. Wider intervention measures, for example warning notices and the 'coasting' provisions, do not currently apply to PRUs. However, the Government has indicated that it intends to keep this under review.