Pupil Referral Units

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families,

(1) how many pupil referral units were (a) opened and (b) closed in each of the last 10 years;

(2) how many pupil referral units places there were in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

The available information is published in table 1 of "Statistical First Release 30/2007 (Schools and Pupils in England: January 2007 (Final))". This SFR can be accessed at:


A copy of this SFR is in the Library. Information on the number of places in PRUs is not collected centrally so information on the number of pupils on roll in PRUs, excluding dually registered pupils, has been provided instead.

The number of pupil referral units notified to the Department as opening and closing in each of the last 10 years is provided in the following table.

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Total openings 18 18 23 28 69 75 54 33 26 19
Total closings 28 20 21 15 26 29 24 35 24 15


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