Learning and Teaching

Learning and Teaching

“The learning environment is attractive, welcoming and supportive… the art room is particularly inspiring”


“Very good relationships exist between staff and pupils.  Pupils are usually polite and friendly… in the strikingly positive ethos of the school” 


“Most pupils that stay at the school until the end of Year 11 achieve a range of qualifications, including GCSE. ”



Our teaching and learning policy is the most important of all of our policies. It focuses on the needs of students and reminds us of the reasons for our existence and the criteria for success.

At Burton PRU we believe that learning should be an enjoyable experience for all our students. Through our teaching we equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to make informed choices about important aspects of their lives. We believe that appropriate teaching and learning experiences help pupils to lead happy and rewarding lives. In order to support students’ learning, we recognise that pupils learn in different ways and we understand the need to develop strategies that allow all pupil to learn effectively.

Meeting pupils needs

Every pupil is entitled to a positive meaningful learning experience which will be personalised and inclusive

Every pupil at Burton PRU has the right to receive the highest quality education. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that all their educational needs are met.

Ensuring inclusion involves:

  • Setting and explaining suitable differentiated learning challenges
  • Responding to pupils diverse learning needs
  • Working to overcome potential barriers to learning
  • Setting targets that ensure pupils feel safe and valued in their environment. This may be in a pastoral or academic sense, inside or outside of the classroom.

Through our teaching we aim to: 

  • Meet the academic needs of our pupils.
  • Focus upon the individual needs, talents and interests of our pupils.
  • Equip pupils with the skills necessary to enable them to transfer back to school successfully.
  • Enable pupils to become confident, resourceful, enquiring and independent learners.
  • Foster pupil’s self-esteem and help them build positive relationships with others.
  • Develop pupil’s self-respect and encourage pupil to respect the ideas, attitudes, values and feelings of others.
  • Show respect for all cultures and in so doing, to promote positive attitudes towards other people.
  • Enable pupils to understand their community and help them feel valued as part of the Burton and East Staffordshire’s community.
  • Help pupils to grow into reliable, independent and positive citizens.
  • Prepare our pupils for a mainstream learning environment – in order to facilitate reintegration.
  • Prepare our pupils for appropriate choices at post 16 and become lifelong learners.

We plan to provide for pupils’ individual educational, social, moral, spiritual and cultural needs as well as addressing their social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced and follows the National Curriculum as closely as possible. We recognise that whilst pupils need lots of routines and structured activities, they also need to refine their social and organisational skills – opportunities for this are planned for in the formal and the ‘hidden curriculum’.

We recognise that due to past histories of extreme social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in school and learning difficulties that subsequently have not been adequately addressed; some pupil have a deficit of basic academic skills. This is addressed through careful assessment and planning. Staff recognise that certain key areas of literacy and numeracy need to be regularly revisited and reinforced.

Please refer to the CURRICULUM section of the website.