Pupil Referral Units: Disadvantaged

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals are attending pupil referral units.

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

The requested information is given in the following table:

All schools, excluding independent schools: Pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, as at January 2008, England
Number of pupils( 1) Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals( 2) Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals( 3) Percentage of all pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals( 4)
Mainstream schools(5) 7,422,420 1,074,630 14.5 96.8
Special schools(6) 91,830 28,680 31.2 2.6
Pupil referral units 25,290 6,790 26.8 0.6
Total 7,539,530 1,110,090 14.7 100.0
(1) Includes pupils with sole and dual registration. Also includes pupils with other providers in pupil referral units. (2) Pupils who are eligible for and are claiming their free school meal entitlement. (3) Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals expressed as a percentage of the number of pupils in the same type of school. (4) Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals expressed as a percentage of the total number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. (5) Includes maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools, CTCs and academies. (6 )Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Note: Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

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