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Pupils educated other than at school

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  • Release date: 3 August 2017
  • Period covered: 2010/11 to 2016/17
An annual report which presents data on individual pupils receiving education outside of school, including Pupil Referral Units, which includes data by age, gender and the type of provision.

Statistics are based upon data relating to pupils known by Local Authorities to be receiving education outside of school during the academic week from 9-13 January 2017.

Key points

  • 1,972 pupils were recorded as being educated other than at school, with 1,402 of these receiving their main education outside of school.
  • The rate of pupils receiving their main education other than at school decreased in 2016/17 over the year to 3.0 per 1,000 pupils. However, the rate is higher than it was five years ago.
  • 7 out of 10 pupils whose main education is other than at school were boys.
  • Pupil referral units remain the most frequently-used education provision for pupils whose main education is other than at school.
  • 4.6 out of every 1,000 pupils in Wales were reported to be electively home educated.


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