Special Educational Needs: Pupil Referral Units

Education written question – answered on 14th July 2010.

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Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Conservative, Kingswood

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) statemented and ( b) non-statemented pupils with special educational needs have been placed in (i) pupil referral units and (ii) alternative provision in each year since 1997.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

The information requested on pupils with special educational needs in pupil referral units can be found in the following publications, on the DFE Research and Statistics Gateway:

For 2006-10, data can be found in tables 1a and 1b of the Statistical First Release "Special Educational Needs in England: January 2010" at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000939/index.shtml

For 2001-05, data can be found in tables 1a and 1b of the Statistical First Release "Special Educational Needs in England January 2005" at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000584/index.shtml

For 1997-2000, data can be found in tables 1a and 1b of the "Special Educational Needs In England: January 2000" (Bulletin) at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SBU/b000207/index.shtml

Information on pupils with special educational needs in alternative provision other than pupil referral units is only available from 2008. Data can be found in table C in the Statistical First Release "Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics: January 2010" at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000925/index.shtml

Information for pupils with special educational needs in alternative provision for 2008 and 2009 is shown in the table.

Alternative provision: Pupils with and without statements of special educational needs (SEN)( 1) January 2008 and 2009 England
2008 2009
Pupils on roll 20,900 21,680
Pupils with statements 13,400 14,560
Percentage(2) 64.1 67.2
Pupils with SEN without statements 1,680 1,760
Percentage(2) 8.0 8.1
(1) Includes sole or dual registered pupils.

(2) The number of pupils with and without statements expressed as a proportion of the number of pupils on roll.

Note:

Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Alternative Provision Census

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