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Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by mum2teach, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. mum2teach

    mum2teach New commenter

    can anyone share their experience of working in a PRU? I'm unsure about making the move from mainstream to a PRU -I have been shortlisted for interview but still feeling uncertain. Thanks
  2. Landofla

    Landofla Established commenter

    Would be a good idea to move this thread to the SEN forum.

    Have you spent any time in the PRU you’ve applied to?

    What are your reasons for wanting to work in one?
  3. baxterbasics

    baxterbasics Senior commenter

    I have worked in both mainstream secondary and PRUs, so here are the pros and cons

    More flexibility of approaches allowed in teaching.
    Less pressure to get A* results etc
    Support in most lessons
    Small classes
    Fewer books to mark
    More relaxed dress code for staff
    Fewer parents' evenings
    No homework to mark (they don't generally do homework)

    Normally more extreme behaviour
    Sometimes restraint involved (team teach training)
    Verbal abuse common
    Occasional violent outbreaks
    Smaller rooms can be more oppressive
    You need to get on with staff - a small staff team, so you can't choose to ignore anybody, or select your staff friends. Can be cliquey - ie. your face needs to "fit".

    You need to visit. If possible ask for an afternoon there - even if you are unpaid.

    I have been in good PRUs and also horrible PRUs. Just like schools, they can be very different.

    If you can relate to rough kids and find their good side, this may be the job for you. If you have no patience for rough and disruptive kids, avoid it.
  4. Flowersinspring

    Flowersinspring Senior commenter

    The frustration of planning fab lessons that take into account ALL possible extremes of behaviour- but not being able to deliver them- ever- due to pupils' behaviour

    Pupils damaging your equipment.

    Pupils damaging your possessions.

    Pupils not coming into the lesson.

    Being asked why pupils don't make progress ( see above)

    Parents behaving like pupils.

    Pupils walking out for a fag whenever.

    Pupils dealing on site.

    Constant verbal abuse.

    Physical threats.

    Physical assaults.
  5. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I've never been tempted.
  6. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Best place I have ever worked by a country mile...

    But they can be awful without high quality staff

    I was very lucky with the people I worked with. Absolute diamonds.
  7. Flowersinspring

    Flowersinspring Senior commenter

    "...they can be awful witjout high quality staff"

    Oh yes.
    tallpoppy71 likes this.
  8. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    I loved working in a PRU. Great staff and team ethos.

    To say you never knew what might happen on any given day, would be somewhat of an understatement...

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