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Pupil Referral Units

Question for Department for Education

UIN 98355, tabled on 5 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities who have been referred to pupil referral units in each year since 2016, by local authority area and education Key Stage.

Answered on

11 January 2022

The table below is the high-level view of the total number of pupils within pupil referral units (PRUs) since 2016 with a Statement/Education Health Care (EHC) plan, as well as with and without Special Education Needs (SEN) support.

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

No SEN

3,499

3,583

3,419

3,065

2,879

2,210

SEN Support

10,015

10,453

11,447

10,908

9,997

7,511

Statement or EHC

1,501

1,633

1,866

2,161

2,520

3,064

Total

15,015

15,669

16,732

16,134

15,396

12,785

The complete breakdown by the number of children and young people placed in state place-funded alternative provision (AP) schools (i.e. pupil referral units, AP academies and AP free schools whose main registration is in an AP setting) each year since 2016 is included in the attached spreadsheet. This includes detail of placement by local authority, year group, and identification of special educational need.

This table has been produced using the ‘Special educational needs in England’ data publication, which is based on data collected in the spring school census in January each year. This can be found here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/special-educational-needs-in-england.

The department does not currently collect data on pupil reintegration from AP to mainstream education.