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Pupil Referral Units

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) maintained and (b) non-maintained pupil referral units there were in each local authority in 2008. (256424)

The available information on pupil referral units in each local authority in England in January 2008 is given in table B1 of the pupil characteristics and class sizes in maintained schools in England: January 2008 (Provisional) statistical first release, accessible via the following link in the penultimate set of additional information:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000786/index.shtml

This information only refers to maintained pupil referral units as there is no legal basis for non-maintained pupil referral units.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils attended pupil referral units in each year since 1997 in each local authority area; (256425)

(2) how many pupils in each local authority area attended pupil referral units in each year since 1997.

Information for the years 1997, 1998 and 1999 has been placed in the Library.

Information for years 2000 to 2008 is available through the following links.

January 2000

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/VOL/v000192/index.shtml

(table 3)

January 2001

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/VOL/v000288/index.shtml

(table 3)

January 2002

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/VOL/v000359/index.shtml

(table 3)

January 2003

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/VOL/v000417/index.shtml

(table 3)

January 2004

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/VOL/v000495/index.shtml

(table 3)

January 2005

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000606/tables4.html

(table 12)

January 2006

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000682/index.shtml

(table 12)

January 2007

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

(table 12)

January 2008

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000786/index.shtml

(table B2).

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1725-6W, on pupil referral units, how many responses to the survey were received; who collated the shortlist; and what other names were considered. (256862)

The Department received over 100 suggestions for a new name for pupil referral units, in response to our consultation on the White Paper “Back on Track”, published in May 2008. Officials suggested a shortlist to Ministers but Ministers also considered other possible names.

A survey was also conducted by the national organisation for pupil referral units on their website. 205 votes were cast in total, and the following names were suggested (in order of popularity):

Alternative Centre for Excellence

Spectrum school

Intensive Support school

Back on Track school

Integration school

Prism school

Prospect school

Link school

Inclusion school

These names were considered by Ministers, as were the following (which were not included in the survey):

Short Stay school

Progress school

Affirmative school

Development school

Vision school

Outlook school

Opportunity school

Renewal school

Advancement school