Admission to Pathways Learning Centre is by successful referral via the Referrals and Admissions Panel, (RAP) or as a result of a Permanent Exclusion (PEX). Either way a single referral form is used for all areas of PLC provision. Referrals are usually completed by school, medical professionals or the 0-25 team and must be returned to Pathways securely via SOFIE using the administrator as the SOFIE role destination. We are unable to take direct referrals from parents. (Please see admissions criteria)

This referral form must be used for all referrals to PLC.

PLC single referral form updated Feb 18

Routes to PLC

All options available are identified in the ‘Routes to PLC’ flow diagram – PLC referral routes diagram Nov 17    

PLC guidance information

Further information regarding PLC referral, entry and exit criteria and statutory duties can be found in this guidance document PLC guidance document 1819

Support from the High Risk Group (HRG)

For students who do not meet the admissions criteria for direct referral to PLC, we offer support and guidance for schools with students at risk of permanent exclusion through the High Risk Group (HRG). If you would like to receive advise or support from this group, please contact Andy Holliday (Secondary) or Lisa Fletcher (Primary) at PLC.


Alternative provision 

IF you are looking for a range of alternative providers available across South Gloucestershire, many are listed in the South Gloucestershire ‘Alternative Education Provision Framework Catalogue.’

Alternative Education Provision Framework Catalogue.

Support for students who are unable to attend school because of medical needs

PLC also supports the education of children with medical conditions which cause significant absence from school.  The aim is to maintain continuity of education and to facilitate the individual learning of each young person through a personalised approach. We ensure children are out of school for the shortest possible time, having taken into consideration their medical, emotional and educational needs. Our work encompasses close liaison with schools, medical personnel, parent/carers and young people to ensure educational needs are being met and that reintegration into full-time education is supported effectively. Students are typically dual registered with the mainstream school . Schools will be required to work closely with PLC in programme design and delivery, reintegration and the monitoring of attendance. See ‘South Glos medical needs policy’.