Monday 1 April 2019 / 5:49 AM Angela Rayner / Education

Number of primary school children in Pupil Referral Units more than doubled since 2011

Number of primary school children in Pupil Referral Units more than doubled since 2011

  • Labour analysis of the Department for Education’s statistics show that the number primary school child in Pupil Referral Units has more than doubled since 2011.
  • In 2011, 715 five to ten year olds were in Pupil Referral Units, but by 2018 this had more than doubled to 1,572.
  • The analysis also found that in 2018 there were 42 under 5s currently being taught in Pupil Referral Units, compared to just five in 2011. Of these 42 children, 28 were aged 2 or younger.
  • The analysis also found that the number of children placed into local authority alternative provision had increased by over 1,000.
Commenting on the analysis, Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner said: 

“It is deeply concerning to see such a vast increase in the number of very young children being taught in Pupil Referral Units.

“For too long, the Tories have sat by idly as some of the most vulnerable young people in our country are falling between the gaps and out of education.

“Through our National Education Service, Labour will reform the accountability system and give schools the resources they need to support all pupils.”