Consultation outcome

Special educational needs and disability data descriptors

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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The government response to the consultation on SEND data descriptors in the school census and individualised learner record, including a summary of the responses we received.

Original consultation


We are seeking views on how to produce consistent SEND data descriptors for the schools census and individualised learner record.

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Consultation description

The individualised learner record (ILR) and school census currently contain inconsistent special educational needs and disability (SEND) data descriptors.

DfE is seeking views on proposed amendments to SEND data fields based on the indicators outlined in table 1 of the consultation document.


Published 5 August 2014
Last updated 17 March 2015 + show all updates
  1. Published the government response to the consultation.
  2. Amended closing date for consultation to 10 September 2014.
  3. Replaced response form and consultation document with updated versions.
  4. First published.