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Minister praises Oswaldtwistle pupil referral unit

A GOVERNMENT minister has praised the work of an East Lancashire pupil referral unit.

Vicky Ford visited The Oswaldtwistle School in Union Road which looks after children excluded from mainstream education.

The Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford toured the establishment with Hyndburn MP Sara Britcliffe and attended a lesson on ‘Relationships, Sex and Health Education’ which focussed on abuse and harassment both on online and in person.

She said: “I was incredibly impressed by the work being done to support these young people.

“I was told that 96 per cent of their Year 11 pupils who left this summer were now in education, training or employment.

“This is an incredible achievement with 16-year-olds who have had difficulties and been temporarily or permanently excluded from school.

“It is this kind of work the government are supporting with its £7million Alternative Provision Transition Fund.”

Sandra McKenna, head teacher of the school which can take up to 95 pupils aged between 11 and 16 said: “It was a very positive day. The children were very excited to have the minister here on what was an unprecedented visit.”