Statistics - national statistics

Special educational needs in England: January 2010

This statistical first release (SFR) brings together the information available on special educational needs (SEN) and related information about special schools in England.

Documents

Main text: SFR19/2010

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National tables: SFR19/2010

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Local authority tables: SFR19/2010

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Additional information: SFR19/2010

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Commentary: SFR19/2010

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Pre-release access list: SFR19/2010

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Detail

Reference Id: SFR19/2010

Publication Type: Statistical First Release

Local Authority data: LA data

Region: England

Release Date: 23 June 2010

Coverage status: Final

Publication Status: Published

It provides analyses on the characteristics of pupils by their provision of SEN together with the assessment and placement of pupils with statements of SEN. It updates and supplements information published in the May release ‘Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics, January 2010 (Provisional)’. It is based on pupil level data collected via the school census and local authority level data collected via the SEN2 survey.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • In January 2010 some 220,890 (or 2.7 % of) pupils across all schools in England had statements of SEN, the same percentage as last year.
  • The percentage of pupils with statements of SEN placed in mainstream schools (nursery, primary, secondary, academies, city technology colleges) was 54.9 % (compared to 55.6 per cent in 2009). The corresponding figures for the proportion of pupils with statements of SEN placed in maintained special schools was 38.1 per cent, with 4.3 per cent in independent schools, 2.0 per cent in non-maintained special schools and 0.8 per cent in pupil referral units.
  • In 2010 there were some 1,470,900 pupils with SEN without statements representing 18.2 per cent of pupils across all schools. This is an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 2009.
  • The incidence of pupils with SEN both with and without statements is greater in state-funded secondary schools (2.0 and 19.7 %) than in maintained primary schools (1.4 and 18.5 % respectively).

Additional analyses, including local authority tables and information on the primary need of pupils by their characteristics will be published on 21 July 2010.

Andrew Clarke - Schools Statistical Team
01325 735478

schools.statistics@education.gsi.gov.uk

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