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Alternative Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL13032, tabled on 22 January 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of unregistered alternative education providers in England.

Answered on

30 January 2019

A number of types of institution can be commissioned to provide Alternative Provision (AP), including independent schools and unregistered providers. The department does not hold data on all providers, and therefore does not hold the total number of such providers.

In January 2018 there were 352 Pupil Referral Units, AP academies, and AP free schools in England.

Further information on AP providers can be obtained from the department’s register of schools and colleges in England ‘Get information about schools’ which can be accessed using the online tool available here:

The department does not hold information on whether pupils were previously excluded before joining their current school or provider.