MPs call for evidence in alternative provision inquiry

An inquiry into alternative provision for pupils who drop out of mainstream education has been launched by MPs.

The House of Commons Education Select Committee, under its new chair Robert Halfon MP, will look into how students arrive in alternative provision, the quality of education provided and the outcomes for students.

Other themes in the inquiry will include safeguarding and resources as well as alternative provision within mainstream schools.

Department for Education (DfE) statistics indicate that there are 353 pupil referral units (PRUs) in England educating around 15,000 students, an increase of 16 per cent since 2011/12.

Permanent and fixed-term exclusions have risen in recent years, mainly affecting secondary and special schools.

There were 35.2 permanent exclusions per day in 2015/16, up from an average of 30.5 per day in 2014/15.

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