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Education

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were placed in alternative provision in each of the last 10 years. (232410)

Alternative provision covers all school age pupils attending a school not maintained by an authority for whom the authority is paying full tuition fees, or educated otherwise than in schools and Pupil Referral Units, under arrangements made by the authority.

In addition pupils are referred to alternative provision under arrangements by schools but we do not collect data on these numbers.

The information on pupils in Pupil Referral Units and in alternative provision as at January of each year is shown in the following table. Many pupils stay only a short time in Pupil Referral Units or other alternative provision and so the total annual number of pupils who receive some alternative provision is higher, but we do not collect this information.

Number of pupils in alternative provision1, position as at January 1999 to 2008

Number of pupils in pupil referral units

Number of pupils in alternative provision2

England

1999

8,260

27,260

2000

8,480

28,360

2001

9,290

33,600

2002

9,960

31,980

2003

12,010

33,150

2004

13,040

32,630

2005

14,470

30,570

2006

15,240

25,250

2007

15,160

23,850

2008

16,095

20,900

1 Excludes dually registered pupils.

2 Alternative provision covers all school age pupils attending a school not maintained by an authority for whom the authority is paying full tuition fees, or educated otherwise than in schools and Pupil Referral Units, under arrangements made by the authority.

Note:

Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census and Form 8B