Vulnerable Pupils Panel

Vulnerable Pupil

The Vulnerable Pupils Panel (VPP), previously known as the Central Provisions Panel (CPP), was developed to consider referrals to Together for Children's locally commissioned alternative educational provisions.

Educational provisions cater for pupils who are experiencing difficulties managing mainstream school and all referrals to our service are taken through a transparent, fair and impartial referral process.

It is the responsibility of the school (or medical consultant in the case of hospital tuition), to submit a VPP Referral. The VPP meets fortnightly and referrals must be submitted one week prior to the panel meeting. Our guidance below includes additional information and you can also download a VPP referral form.

Contact Michelle Burlinson, Inclusion and Access Officer, Together for Children on 0191 561 1442.

In Education & Schools

  • Support to identify children missing from education.
  • We provide advice and practical support to all schools and their practitioners in Sunderland, to deliver improved outcomes for children and their families with English as an additional language.
  • Information and support around exclusions.
  • Together for Children provides a comprehensive governor support, advice and continuing professional development service for schools and academies.
  • We provide HR support and advice to schools, academies and multi academy trusts.
  • When a child has been experiencing difficulties at school, particularly of a behavioural nature, head teachers may suggest that a parent considers a managed move for their child.
  • Together for Children works with Sunderland Music Hub and the city's schools, teachers, practitioners, young people and organisations to ensure all young people can access a high quality music education.
  • Together for Children is here to support you and your organisation to develop a highly skilled and professional teaching workforce.
  • Governors have a vital role to play as the link between schools and the local community.
  • The Vulnerable Pupils Panel (VPP) was developed to consider referrals to Together for Children's locally commissioned alternative educational provisions.