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The Best Outcomes for Young People

The Best Outcomes for Young People

Lessons from a PRU Headteacher

AUTHOR : By Janice Cahill

ISBN : 9781915713605

Edition No : 1

Publication : Apr 22, 2024

Extent : 144 pgs

ISBN : 9781915713612

Edition No : 1

Publication : Apr 22, 2024

Extent : 144 pgs

ISBN : 9781915713629

Edition No : 1

Publication : Apr 22, 2024

Extent : 144 pgs


Aimed at all teachers, this book provides practical ways for Pupil Referral Units, Alternative Provision and mainstream schools to work in partnership to secure the best outcomes for students.  

With an increasing number of learners finding the school environment difficult for a variety of complex reasons, it focuses on ways that professionals can meet their needs with limited resources and time. Written by an experienced PRU headteacher, this book is packed with examples of good practice, detailed case studies and opportunities for reflection to help readers examine their current working practice, develop new strategies to engage with young people and adopt a range of inclusive practices to maximise the potential of pupils in their care. 

In summary The Best Outcomes for Young People:

  • Promotes inclusion through partnership working 
  • Recognises the value of all pupils
  • Provides real-life scenarios of AP/PRU practice which can be transferred to mainstream schools
  • Helps schools audit their current practice and develop a range of inclusive practices for their community


Chapter 1: Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) is not rocket science 

Chapter 2: What is SEMH? 

Chapter 3: Good communication and supporting parents and carers 

Chapter 4: Inclusion 

Chapter 5: Relationships within the PRU/AP and school partnerships 

Chapter 6: Reintegration with meaning 

Chapter 7: Multi-agency working and importance of positive mental health provision for all 

Chapter 8: And along came Alice... 


Janice Cahill has been in education for 42 years and remains passionate about supporting children and young people with social emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. She has set up a range of services including a mental health team that works in mainstream schools and was instrumental in providing the foundation for mental health services and education working more closely together. She has contributed to many local and national initiatives about SEMH and has been a guest speaker at several conferences. She was awarded an OBE in 2019 for her work with vulnerable children and mental health services. 

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"Janice’s passionate approach to teaching vulnerable children and young people in pupil referral units has always shone through in her work and this book is no different. She writes from an experienced point of view, having truly ‘walked the walk’ of engaging some of the most challenging children in our communities, so you know that all of her tips and suggestions have truly been road tested.

A book full of practical ideas and takeaways, this is essential reading if you are committed to making a positive impact on the children and young people you teach, and in a world where there is precious little support for schools, buying this book is a real ‘quick win’.

As Janice says “It is not rocket science!”

Cath Kitchen, OBE ex CEO, current chairperson of National Association for Hospital Education

"This is an extraordinary book that is a must read for anyone working with young people who have been excluded from school (or are at-risk of exclusion). Drawing on more than four decades’ worth of experience in education (25 years of which as head of a PRU), Janice Cahill paints a vivid picture of the realities of working to support some of society’s most vulnerable children and their families. Rich with case study examples, opportunities for reflection, and wonderful anecdotes, The Best Outcomes For Young People is a remarkable achievement from one of the sector’s leading practitioners."

Professor Neil Humphrey Sarah Fielden Chair in Psychology of Education, University of Manchester

"A must-read book for school and college leaders. Everyone in education, no matter what setting, will find something in this book to make them stop, think and evaluate their own approaches. Janice Cahill shares the secrets of her amazing success, blending practical advice on how to support the most vulnerable learners with human stories that show why this crucial work matters. Most importantly Janice shows up that no matter how lost a child may appear, there is always hope."

Mr J Baker Head Teacher, Marple Hall School
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