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Learning Pathways

The Educational Pathways we offer for students across Newham PRUs include:


Phoenix provides education for up to 14 primary aged pupils on the roll of Newham schools and is part of Newham PRUs. We work together with Newham primary schools to provide support for pupils who are experiencing Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties (SEMH) and may be at risk of exclusion. We also offer full time education to any pupil who is a Newham resident and has been permanently excluded from their primary school or is referred through the Fair Access Protocol.

Pupils who are referred for a placement to Phoenix by their school are likely to have experienced difficulties in responding to and coping with the day-to-day challenges within a mainstream school. They require personalised support in extending their range of emotional, social and behavioural skills and achieving appropriate learning outcomes. At Phoenix the Principles of Nurture underpin all that we do. 

Tunmarsh School 

Tunmarsh school offers an on-site provision for KS3 and KS4  students.  At key stage 3, students are able to access both short stay and long stay programmes which enable them to to work with dedicated staff in addressing  individual challenges and behaviours  as well as continuing to build on prior attainment and knowledge across the national curriculum. We offer a range of subjects and build in enrichment opportunities to broaden horizons and build cultural capital. Stage 4 students are able to access a GCSE program which offers a range of up to 8 GCSEs. students achieve well at Tunmarsh with all students being supported to make applications and achieve qualifications which will enable them to progress to destinations and courses of their choice for post-16.

New Directions 

New Directions PRU offers on site provision for KS4 Students who wish to access a more vocational and applied skills based education programme. GCSEs are offered in English and Maths, in addition to BTECS.  Students may attend New Directions for up to 2 years throughout Year 10 and Year 11. All students in year 11 are supported to make applications to post-16 destinations, and to achieve the qualifications they require to access the courses they have chosen.

Nurture Provisions - Phoenix, Panther and Ocelot

As 'Nurture UK' accredited schools, Newham PRUs provide access to support and learning inline with Nurture principles. Whilst all provisions (Tunmarsh, New Directions, APPLE, Phoenix) all work to these principles, we have  dedicated classes at Phoenix and at Tunmarsh KS3 and KS4 which operate a 'NurturePlus' model. 

The Six Principles Of Nurture are
  • Children's learning is understood developmentally.
  • The classroom offers a safe base.
  • The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing.
  • Language is a vital means of communication.
  • All behaviour is communication.
  • The importance of transition in children's lives.

Remote Learning  

We are able to deliver education remotely for those students who are unable to attend an onsite provision due to individual circumstances. Lessons are delivered via online platforms in addition to working directly with outreach teaching and support staff. When educating in the home as part of a blended learning facility, Newham PRUs will deliver as close to the same curriculum as is delivered within the classroom. Highly specialised and skilled staff are able to innovate and have developed an educational platform that supports the vulnerable learners to learn remotely.

OAK Provision

The Oak Provision is an onsite provision for students who are unable to attend school due to medical or mental health reasons.  Teachers deliver core curriculum subjects and with the support of working closely with students’ referring schools, are able to support with the delivery of a wider curriculum. Pastoral support staff are available to provide mentoring sessions and  support with reintegration to a mainstream setting if and when appropriate.

Students unable to attend Oak Onsite provision are supported to access Remote Learning through our Remote Learning Provision provision. Therapeutic Support staff will make regular visits as part of weekly timetable to meet with students and support with any work or pastoral related issues. Our online learning provision is delivered by teachers from within the school.  Students accessing the OAK provision and Remote Learning Provision have an offer of up to 25 hours of education, however it is recognised that for those students who are accessing this provision for medical and mental health reasons,  timetables are developed around what is suitable for each individual student. We encourage students’ mainstream schools to play a significant role in delivering education for students referred to the Haven Provision. This ensures that students remain engaged with their mainstream school community, and are able to access the wider range of subjects taught. 


The education provision at APPLE is Newham PRU’s Alternative PRU Programme based at Lambourne End Outdoor Education Centre in Romford. APPLE provides a learning programme which offers additional individual support with a focus on improving engagement, attendance, and outcomes for students who are unable to engage in an onsite group provision at either of our schools. This includes those students who present with more challenging behaviours or specific individual needs. whereby the curriculum on offer is more suited to their learning requirements. The curriculum at APPLE provides access to a range of alternative and outdoor learning experiences in addition to the core curriculum. It is  planned and delivered in a way to support and respond to the individual challenges each student is encountering. APPLE accepts students through an internal referral process.