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National Statistics

Special educational needs in England: January 2011

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

Documents

Pre-release access list: SFR14/2011

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Main text: SFR14/2011

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Main tables: SFR14/2011

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Local authority tables: SFR14/2011

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Additional tables: SFR14/2011

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Underlying data: SFR14/2011

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Details

Reference id: SFR14/2011

Publication type: statistical first release

Publication data: underlying statistical data

Local authority data: LA data

Region: England

Release date: 30 June 2011

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 is based on data at pupil level collected via the school census and local authority level data collected via the SEN2 survey.

  • In January 2011, some 224,210 (or 2.8%) pupils across all schools in England had statements of SEN. This percentage has remained unchanged in recent years.
  • The percentage of pupils with statements of SEN placed in mainstream schools (nursery, primary, secondary, academies, city technology colleges) was 54.3% (compared to 54.8% in 2010). The corresponding figures for the proportion of pupils with statements of SEN placed in maintained special schools was 38.7%, with 4.3% in independent schools, 1.9% in non-maintained special schools and 0.8% in pupil referral units.
  • In 2011 there were some 1,449,685 pupils with SEN without statements representing 17.8% of pupils across all schools. This is a decrease of 0.4 percentage points from 2010, following increases in the years prior to this. Most of the decrease is in pupils at school action.
  • The incidence of pupils with SEN both with and without statements is greater in state-funded secondary schools (2.0 and 19.4% respectively) than in state-funded primary schools (1.4 and 17.9% respectively).

Andrew Clarke - Schools Statistical Team
01325 735478

schools.statistics@education.gov.uk