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News - September/October 2019

SEN numbers keep rising

The number of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) has increased for a third consecutive year to 1,318,300 in January 2019, representing 14.9% of the total pupil population. This is driven by increases in both the number of pupils with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan and with SEN support. 271,200 pupils (3.1%) of the total pupil population, have an (EHC) plan and a further 1,047,200 pupils (11.9%) are on SEN support.

Across all schools, the number of pupils with special educational needs has risen for the third consecutive year, to 1,318,300 (14.9%) in January 2019. This follows a period of year on year decreases from January 2010 to 2016. Over this period, the overall decrease was driven by decrease in the proportion of pupils with SEN support, while the percentage of pupils with a statement or EHC plan remained stable at 2.8%. The percentage of pupils with SEN Support, those with identified special educational needs but no EHC plan, followed a similar pattern rising to 1,047,200 (11.9%). 271,200 school pupils have an EHC plan in January 2019. This is an increase of 17,500 since January 2018. The percentage of pupils with an EHC plan has risen to 3.1% of the total pupil population after remaining constant at 2.8% from 2007 to 2017.

Across all pupils with SEN, Speech, Language and Communications Needs is the most common primary type of need at 22% of pupils. This had previously been Moderate Learning Difficulty, which has decreased to 20%.

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