When a pupil is at risk of permanent exclusion, schools are encouraged to work collaboratively with the Local Authority (LA) and alternative providers to explore a more positive outcome such as a positive referral or alternative education.
A positive referral is a non-statutory agreement between a school and a pupil referral unit (PRU) where a pupil is placed on a fixed term or permanent placement at a PRU.
Parents/ carers have to consent to a positive referral. In instances where parents/ carers refuse, it is for the school to explore an alternative option.
It is anticipated that a positive referral would be appropriate for the majority of circumstances in which a Headteacher would normally permanently exclude a pupil.
For schools considering a positive referral, please follow the link below applicable to your quadrant where contact information can be found.
If exclusion is still under consideration please visit our Exclusion page where further information and guidance can be found.