THE PROUD mum of a once tearaway teen has praised the “fantastic” work of the support staff at Bassetlaw’s Pupil Referral Unit.
The Worksop-based learning centre is home to pupils who have often displayed emotional or behavioural difficulties in their own schools.
Yvonne Wilson’s 16-year-old son Tyler was one of those youngsters.
He found it difficult to settle into ‘mainstream’ education and began bunking off after becoming restless.
But, since he was expelled from Retford’s Elizabethan High School and started up at the Newgate Street centre, he has boasted a 98 per cent attendance and his behavioural issues have stemmed.
“What they have managed to achieve with him in the space of a year, is nothing short of fantastic,” said Yvonne.
“They have such a difficult job to do and I don’t feel they receive the recognition they should.”
“His behaviour has changed completely, he never used to be able to mix with other students but he has had the support of the teachers at the centre.”
She added: “It’s a lot more relaxed but more strict at the same time. They know how to handle destructive children and are interested in the students being the best they can be.”
Tyler is in the process of taking GCSE exams, or equilivant, in English, Maths, Science, Music and Home Economics.
He is hopeful of attending Nottingham’s Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies.
“I’m really into my music and like all sorts, mostly hardcore,” he said.
On making the transition from school to the referral unit, Tyler added: “It was easy, I know most of the people here.”
Bassetlaw PRU’s Out of School Leader Anne Ludlow said the staff work really hard to help the kids.
She added: “He has got a lot of interests but he likes to work with computer designers and has got a real flair for music.”
“Tyler was one of the less boisterous kids, he had gone down the wrong path and blown it at school but he has got a real chance in life now.”
The significantly smaller class sizes and flexibility to provide one-to-one teaching are just some of the factors Yvonne, from Swan Quay, in Retford, said has benefited her child.
“They care about the students and the family. I suffer from depression, panic attacks and am limited to how long I can stay out the house.”
“But it’s a winning formula for us and a second chance,” she added.