Tags: SEN – Special Educational Needs | SEN Statementing | SENCO

The number of children with statements of special needs in England’s schools has fallen to a five-year low.

Latest government statistics show a total of 242,600 such children were listed in all schools, that is 2.9% of the total number of pupils. In January 2003, the total was 250,000 and the proportion 3.0%. But there has been an increase in the number and proportion of children who have learning difficulties but no statement of special needs. Statistics on the number of children identified as having SEN but with no statement show there has been an increase across all schools.

In 2003, 14.0% of the school roll were in this position (1,169,780) compared to 14.9% (1,230,800) in January this year. In primary and secondary schools, boys are nearly twice as likely as girls to have SEN with no statement. One in five boys is affected compared with one in nine girls. Despite recent complaints about closures of special schools, there has been a slight increase in the proportion of children with statements attending them.

The proportion of children with SEN placed in mainstream schools has remained at around 60%, although there has been an increase of one percentage point in the proportion of children with SEN statements placed in special schools.

This information updates and supplements provisional 2005 figures published in the SFR Pupil Characteristics and Class Sizes in Maintained Schools in England published in April. Full details are available on the DfES Research & Statistics section at www.dfes.gov.uk

This article first appeared in SENCO Update – Oct 2005

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