Trainee teachers will have the opportunity to study behaviour management in pupil referral units (PRUs) under new proposals announced today (March 8th).
Following an independent review into alternative education provisions, the government's school behaviour expert and former head teacher Charlie Taylor made the announcement when publishing the results.
As part of the proposals, people in new teaching jobs will be able to train in disruptive behaviour management at PRUs – working with excluded pupils to develop their skills.
Mr Taylor also called on PRUs judged to be outstanding to take on the freedoms recently made available to academies.
This will allow them to help drive up alternative education provisions in their area by fostering closer ties with other local schools.
"We currently have a flawed system that fails to provide suitable education and proper accountability for some of the most vulnerable children in the country," the behaviour tsar said.
"A new breed of teachers trained in the specialist behaviour management will help improve alternative provision and then act as a specialist cadre of teachers sharing their skills with others in the profession."
He added that freeing up outstanding alternative provision providers to continue their good work while sharing their experiences with other providers would help drive up standards across the board.
Among the recommendations were proposals for failing PRUs. Under the new ideas being put forward, PRUs that are failing could be taken over by other providers or academy sponsors, and the Department for Education is aiming to either close or transfer control of all of them by 2018.
Last year, the government published figures which revealed that in the 2009-10 academic year, just 1.4 per cent of young people in alternative provisions outside of mainstream education gained the benchmark five or more A* to C grades at GCSE level.
This is in stark contrast to the national average across England, which is 53.4 per cent.
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