Out-of-school Units

Education and Skills written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Conservative, Fareham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places have been available in out-of-school units in each year since 1995; and what plans she has to increase the number.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State (Schools), Department for Education and Skills

The available information is given in the table. It is the responsibility of local authorities (LAs) to provide suitable education for those children of compulsory school age who, by reason of illness, exclusion from school or otherwise, may not otherwise receive it. Therefore each LA will decide how many PRU places it needs, in line with its own policies, the efficient use of resources and DfES guidance.

Pupil referral units: number of pupils—1995 to 2005 (Provisional) England
Number of pupils
Position in January

each year:

Pupils on the unit register only(40) Dually registered pupils(41) Total
1995 5,043 4,129 9,172
1996 6,872 4,183 11,055
1997 7,530 4,403 11,933
1998 7,740 4,166 11,906
1999 8,263 4,202 12,465
2000 8,479 4,586 13,065
2001 9,289 4,993 14,282
2002 9,956 4,968 14,924
2003 12,005 5,518 17,523
2004 13,038 7,293 20,331
2005(42) 14,470 8,010 22,480

(40) Also includes pupils with other providers.

(41) Pupils who are on the unit's register and on another school's register,

(42) Provisional figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Annual Schools Census

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