Issue details

12/02025 - PRU / Alternative Provision / review of current services

Pupil Referral Units - Alternative Provision Review.  To seek agreement to a review of the current provision provided by KCC


Within the Bold Steps for Education priorities there is a target to reduce Permanent Exclusions in Kent to 50 or fewer by 2015.  It is anticipated that new localised management of provision for disaffected young people at risk of exclusion will support this ambition. The intended outcome of the PRU/ AC review will be to establish high quality provision locally managed by groups of schools working together, to support all young people at risk of disengaging from school.


Financial Implications:

From April 2013 government guidance requires that PRUs have a delegated budget.  This would change existing requirements for budgeting, monitoring and reporting, although these changes would only have a minor effect on the PRUs. At present, the basis for devolution of funds is yet to be determined and is part of the next phase of consultation.


Legal Implications:

These will be outlined in th report to Education Cabinet Committee in January 2013


Equality Impact

An assessment will be carried out and results presented to Education Cabinet Committee prior to the Cabinet member taking the decision at the end of January 2013


Date of initial screening:

15 November 2012


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Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 31/12/2012

Decision due: Not before 1st Mar 2013 by Cabinet Member for Education, Learning & Skills

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Education, Learning & Skills

Lead director: Patrick Leeson

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: Sue Dunn, Head of Skills and Employability Tel: 01622 694923 e-mail:

Consultation process

A report has been discussed at Education Cabinet Committee on 21 November 2012


This decision will have significance for all elected members


Aims and level(s) of consultation:

Gather information regarding the planned changes outlined in the consultation document.


Key consultee groups:

Schools, FE Colleges, Work based learning provider, key stakeholders, parents and pupils


Start and finish dates of consultation:

3 December 2012-31 January 2013


Financial implications: Lead officer: Sue Dunn Head of Skills and Employability Tel: 01622 694923 e-mail: Lead Director: Sue Rogers Director Education, Quality and Standards Tel: 01622 694924983 e-mail:

Legal implications: 12/02025 28 Days ends: 3 January 2013

Equalities implications: The decision exceeds the financial threshold of £1m and has is likely to have a significant impact on one or more Kent communities.