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Pupil Referral Units

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils have been educated for longer than three years in a pupil referral unit. (200327)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the suitability of facilities at pupil referral units; and if he will make a statement. (201097)

We expect local authorities to provide a good standard of facilities for pupils educated in pupil referral units. We issued guidance on suitable learning environments for pupil referral units in February 2007 in response to Ofsted concerns that many pupil referral units have poor accommodation. We are currently working on implementing commitments set out in the Children’s Plan to improve the quality of pupil referral units and other alternative provision.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were educated in pupil referral units in each year since 1996-97. (201135)

I refer the hon. Member to the following link

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000744/index.shtml

to Statistical First Release "Schools and Pupils in England: January 2007 (Final)". Table 1 gives the information requested. Copies of this publication have been placed in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were being educated in pupil referral units in each local authority area in England in the latest period for which figures are available. (201683)

The latest available information relates to 2007 and is published in the Statistical First Release ‘Schools and Pupils in England’ which is available at:

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000744/index.shtml.

The headcount of pupils in pupil referral units in each local authority is in table 12 and the full time equivalent number of pupils in each local authority is in table 13.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the ratio of all pupils to pupil referral units is in each local authority. (201857)

The Department does not calculate a ratio for the number of all pupils in a local authority to the number of pupil referral units.

The latest available information on the number of pupil referral units and the number of pupils relates to 2007 and is published in the Statistical First Release “Schools and Pupils in England” which is available at:

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000744/index.shtml

The headcount of pupils by type of school in each local authority is available in table 12 and the full-time equivalent number of pupils is in table 13. The number of pupil referral units in each local authority can be found in table 11.