To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January to Question 98353 on Pupil Referral Units, what recent assessment has he made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) outcomes of pupil referral units in reintegrating pupils into mainstream education.
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.