Special educational needs survey: guide to submitting data

How local authorities should report data for the annual special educational needs survey, commonly known as SEN2.

The SEN2 survey is a statutory data collection that takes place every January. You must complete a statutory collection by law unless there’s a good reason not to.

The survey collects information on:

This survey should not be confused with the annual school census, which also collects data on the number of pupils with SEN statements and EHC plans.

Important dates

The 2018 survey deadlines were:

  • survey day: Thursday 18 January 2018
  • deadline for submitting data: Thursday 1 March 2018

Submit your data

You should submit your data using COLLECT, our centralised data collection and management system.

Note that we’ll only be able to change the status of your data submission to ‘authorised’ once you’ve cleared all errors in the data in COLLECT.

Survey documents

The following documents will help you complete the 2019 and 2020 surveys:

If you’re looking for guides from past SEN survey data collections, visit the ‘Special educational needs survey: closed collections’ page.

Do you need help?

Submitting data

Please use the service request form if you have any questions about your data. We aim to answer your question within 5 working days.

Accessing COLLECT

Reset your Secure Access login details using the forgotten password or username form.

Please contact your school or local authority approver, if:

  • you want to request a Secure Access username or password so you can access COLLECT
  • SEN2’ is not on the list of collections you can see in COLLECT

If you do not know who your approver is, please use the Secure Access service request form.


Please use the feedback form if you have any comments about our data collection service, including COLLECT and the helpdesk service.

Published 25 March 2014
Last updated 24 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Removed link to 2018 guidance and added link to the guide for 2020.
  2. Added a link to 'Special educational needs survey 2019: guide'.
  3. Added links to new generic COLLECT guides for schools and local authorities.
  4. Added the 'Special educational needs survey 2018: guide'.
  5. Added link to 'Special educational needs survey 2016: COLLECT guide'.
  6. Added important dates for the 2017 survey and a link to the document 'Special educational needs survey 2017: guide'.
  7. Added deadline for 2016 SEN2 survey and link to 2016 guide for local authorities.
  8. Added a link to the 'Special educational needs survey (SEN2) 2015: COLLECT guide' document.
  9. First published.