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Gove gets it wrong on Pupil Referral Units
The Independent reported on 28 January that Mr Gove proposes to turn Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) into privately sponsored academies. Mr Gove says that one organisation, SkillForce, made up of ex-Army veterans, has already expressed an interest in running pupil referral units – as has Ark. The reason he gives is “Most local authority pupil referral units aren’t up to snuff,” he added. “Ofsted said they’re the weak link in the education chain.”
OFSTED has said no such thing. On the contrary, a report says that in 2005/6 “over half the PRUs inspected nationally were good or outstanding, but one in eight was inadequate”. OFSTED also said that the success of PRU depends on their own response to the challenges they face and the support they receive from their local authority.
In Govespeak, then, “over half” being “good or outstanding” means “aren’t up to snuff”.
How long is Mr Gove going to keep getting away with making false statements like this?