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North Herts
Education Support Centre

Referral Process

The North Herts Education Support Centre is a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) which can only accept referrals from established schools, not admissions directly from parents.

Our work with these young people falls into the following categories:

  1. Students who are beginning to show signs of disaffection; who are receiving detentions or even fixed term exclusions.

This is where a member of NHSOS would be working proactively in school with you, helping the student to develop behaviour management strategies in order to successfully remain in school and avoid being at risk of permanent exclusion.

  1. Students who have had fixed term exclusions and are at serious risk of permanent exclusion. 

This is also a crucial time when decisions are made regarding the nature of continued support/assessment, which will vary according to whether the young person is in Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 3
We are generally able to offer the following:

  • Outreach Support for mainstream schools with the development of a PSP and support for the young person whilst the PSP is in place.
  • Outreach Support for mainstream schools with the development of an EHCP application – this is crucial for KS3 students who are repeatedly failing in a mainstream environment because they cannot be moved “permanently” to the NHESC and will need an EHCP to access other specialist provision.
  • Referral to our Onsite KS3 In-reach Programme for a 12 week block of time.   

Key Stage 4
We are generally able to offer the following:

  • Outreach Support for mainstream schools with the development of a PSP and support for the young person whilst the PSP is in place.
  • Outreach Support for mainstream schools with the development of an EHCP application.
  • Support with a Managed Move to another mainstream school – coordinated by the Integration Manager/Officer and the NHSOS Reintegration Worker.
  • Referral to our Onsite KS4 Programme on a dual registered place at NHESC.

     3. Students who have been permanently excluded 

The Centre provides education for students who have been permanently excluded, (6th day provision) and also, if appropriate, the support programme for reintegration to a mainstream school by the NHSOS Reintegration Worker.