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.