Presentation for PRU admin Staff

The Future Development of
Access Responsibilities (Section
19) and Alternative Provision in
PRU Admin Staff Update &
The Need for a service review (Agents for Change)
Local needs & impacts
•Govt. Legislation - impacts 2012 - 2013
Move away from LA’s delivering services
Move towards schools owning, finding and
funding Alternative Provision
PRU’s - freedom to gain academy status
Management Committees to gain delegated
Freedom for PRU’s to innovate without LA
Impact of increasing voluntary and private
sector (inc free schools) in the Alternative
provision market
The development of the Somerset Compact
and its influence of service development
The influence of the academy programme
Need to improve educational outcomes for
C&YP across Somerset.
Need for more even distribution of provision
of PRUs in Somerset (currently there are big
gaps in certain age ranges and in certain
geographical areas
Increased of diversity and level of provision
required as identified by schools
LA (not school) Financial savings will continue
to have an indirect impact
Option 1 – Don’t Change
All existing PRUs remain as 13 separate units managed within a LA area structure.
Reallocate funding to support enhanced satellite provision
All Section 19 responsibilities remain with the LA. (Option Rejected)
Option 2 – Trading within an open market
All existing PRU would become fully traded units for those pupils at risk of permanent exclusion as referred
by schools. Section 19 for, Medical Tuition, Fair Access, Day 6 would continue to be delivered by the LA
for monitoring & safeguarding purposes. (Option Rejected)
Option 3 – Internal Commissioning
All existing PRU units would become schools in their own right jointly commissioned by the Compact and the
LA to meet Section 19 responsibilities and provide alternative provision for all of the compact schools.
(Identified as the Preferred Option)
Option 4 – External Commissioning
All existing PRU units would become schools in their own right. The contract to run and provide
alternative provision could be put out to tender by the Compact and the LA. This could be bid for by
private organisations, individual schools or groups of schools.
Alternatively externalisation may provide the opportunity for PRUs to become academies under new
Government legislation (Cabinet and Compact wish Management Committees to consider at a later
Option 5 – Reduce the Service
Reduce the service to provide Section 19 responsibilities only. School and academies find and
fund their own alternative provision (Option Rejected)
Through Consultation with all partners
Recommendation for a delivery model
To develop four integrated (cross phase and function) PRUs three of which would ‘support’
smaller, satellite provision in Frome, West Somerset and Chard
Each of the four main PRUs would exist as a school within its own right and be self managing,
but work closely as a partner with defined clusters of schools, retaining the ability to offer provision and
support outside the defined area.
Each PRU school would have a delegated budget, a newly formed statutory management
committee body and a single management structure under a Headteacher. Partner members and
agencies would take an active role in the governance of the school and the Headteacher would belong
to the same professional bodies as other Heads.
The PRU school could ‘potentially’ act as both commissioner and provider through partnership
working with schools and the voluntary and private sector.
Each PRU school could provide in-reach and out-reach programmes for schools within their
cluster through the management and deployment of specialist support staff.
Key Stage 1 support; SEN provision for pupils with statements and support for vulnerable learners
within the integrated PRU schools need to be considered in close relation to other service reviews for
these areas. (Developing through service reviews)
PRU coverage by September 2013
capacity in
the centre
/invest in
Develop four
stand alone
PRU Schools
PRU schools can
/outreach to
KS4 Provision
KS2/3 Provision and Outreach
LEC Medical Tuition
Funding for Nurture Groups/other AP
Alternative Provision Centre (APC)
Pre-April 2013
• Compact and Cabinet Approval
• Staff, Management Committee and Partners Consultation
• Meetings
• Budget
model approved by Compact and Schools Forum (9th /
12th )
• Establish Website
Sept - April
• Revisit the constitution of the Management Committees
• Determine any training requirements for Management
Committees and deliver.
• Establish new governance structures/timetables
• Establish area structure and communicate with schools
• Design staffing structures for the inclusion of SEBBS/T4
• Realign APC and Tone Education within new PRU structures
• Appoint to Headteachers posts
• Develop 4 delegated budget structures
• Design and implement new business support model
• Design new satellite arrangements and accountability structures
Process of Restructuring
Project Team: 4 Workstreams
Finance and Governance – building the budgets and accountability
Provision – Including, satellite developments, Outreach, In-reach
Commissioning Section 19 – hard to place pupils, area budgets, referral
processes and panels
Transfers – HR, Finance, Legal, Buildings
APC – Virtual Classroom (Social Inclusion, Medical and SEN)
Communication - Website
Website on SLP by Sept 2012
High level page open to all
Tabs on 4 workstreams – finance and transfers will be
FAQs section
Executive Headteachers
It is planned that the Executive headteachers will be in post by the end of October
•Has to adhere to SCC HR Protocols
•A generic JD has been written and will be released before the end of the Summer term
•An ISR (Individual School Range) is being developed determined by pupil numbers on a
Special School Model
Round 1
•Expressions on Interest will be taken from Access managers
•Competency based interviews will take place
Round 2
•JD and ISR info will be released to the resource pool
•Expressions of interest will be taken from eligible candidates
•Interviews will take place
•Round 3
•JD and ISR will be released to current Heads of Centre
•Expressions of interest will be taken from eligible candidates
•Interviews will take place
NB: Once in post the Executive heads will take on the responsibility for next phase of the
restructuring linking to the LA & schools as members of the Compact
Transfers (Most staff and centres will transfer in April as per current structures)
Name of Centre
Names to be confirmed once transfers
have been made
The Deane Discovery Centre
The Taunton Centre
Northfields Education Centre
KS1-4 (Medical)
The Bridgwater Centre
The Sedgemoor Centre
Link Education Centre (Sedgemoor)
KS1-4 (Medical)
The Mendip Inclusion Project
The Mendip Centre
Link Education Centre (Mendip)
KS1-4 (Medical)
The Yeovil Centre
The Horizon Centre
Link Education Centre (South Somerset)
KS1-4 (Medical)
The STEPS Centre
To initially transfer as part of the area
provision. Consideration as a satellite
to be given at next phase of the
Alternative Provision Centre (APC)
Day 6/Hard to place
SI Element KS2 of APC to transfer to areas
NB: E-mails to HOC and DHOC sent today re: LA management restructuring
do not apply
Taunton Area PRU
Sedgemoor Area PRU
Mendip Area PRU
South Somerset Area PRU
Business Support Structure
Area Team Functions x 4
•Clerical Support for PRUs in the area
•Referral processes
•Claims and expenses
•Exec head admin support
•Clerk to Mgt Committee
•Outreach admin
Line management remains within the areas
Professional support can come from the central team
Funding for the central team comes from all 4 PRU schools
Line management and accountability for the team could be
delegated to one PRU School
Central Team Functions
•Area reconciliation
•Contract Support
•Mgt Committee Support
Post Transfer
•Heads will carry out area analyses as per setting up any new school.
•The process below is only illustrative to indicate a move towards new structures for September 2013
•Heads will continue to work as a project team with Compact and LA to ensure PRU schools operate as an
integrated service
April 2013
Existing processes and protocols continue to operate during this period
New budgets,
governance and
business support
processes in place
April 2013
Area Visioning with
Staff and Partners
(LA & Schools)
May 2013
Area Self Evaluation
and Development
May/June 2013
Area Consultation on
any potential new
July 2013
Establishing and
refining new
structures, protocols
and procedures
Developing Links, QA and lines of accountability to LA and Compact
Developing Links, QA and lines of accountability of satellite provision