This is an establishment maintained by a local authority which is specifically organised to provide education for children who are excluded, sick, or otherwise unable to attend a mainstream or special maintained school. There were 422 pupil referral units on 15 July 2011.
All PRUs have a Teacher in Charge, similar to a mainstream school's headteacher, and a management committee, which acts like a school's governing body. Since 1 February 2008, all PRUs must have a management committee established according to regulations and guidance.
Reserved provision is not subject to school organisation legislation. PRUs may also be referred to as alternative provision.
Access to the login page of the Edubase system, which contains details of all educational establishments in England and Wales.