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Pupil Referral Units

Question for Department for Education

UIN 103620, tabled on 13 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January to Question 98353 on Pupil Referral Units, what estimate he has made of the proportion of children and young people with special education needs or disabilities referred to pupil referral units or alternative prevision who (a) were assessed for an EHC plan, (b) were provided with additional support prior to being referred and (c) had their needs identified after their referral.

Answered on

18 January 2022

In January 2021, there were 12,785 pupils whose main registration was at a state place-funded alternative provision (AP) setting (including pupil referral units, AP academies and free schools). Of those pupils, 10,575 (82.7%) were identified with special educational needs (SEN); 3,064 (24.0%) with an education, health and care plan and 7,511 (58.7%) with SEN support. The department does not publish statistics on the number of pupils who had their needs identified after referral into AP.

The department does not collect or publish information concerning the reintegration of pupils from state-place funded AP (including pupil referral units, AP academies and free schools) into mainstream education.

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