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The latest national statistics on Special Educational Needs produced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families were released on 25th June 2008 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics AuthorityUK Statistics Authority

DCSF: Special Educational Needs in England: January 2008

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Statistics on Pupils with Special Educational Needs are published as Pupils with Special Educational Needs in England, January 2008 and include data from England for January 2008. These figures update and supplement provisional information published on 29 April in SFR09/2008.

Information is mainly drawn from two sources: the School Census and the SEN2 survey. The SFR provides information on the incidence and placement of pupils with SEN together with analyses on the characteristics of pupils by their stage of SEN.

The key points from the latest release are:
  • In January 2008 some 223,600 (or 2.8 per cent of) pupils across all schools in England had statements of SEN, a slight fall when compared to last year.
  • The percentage of pupils with statements of SEN placed in mainstream schools (nursery, primary, secondary) was 56.6 per cent. The corresponding figures for the proportion of pupils with statements of SEN placed in maintained special schools was 36.9 per cent, with 3.6 per cent in independent schools.
  • In 2008 there were some 1,390,700 pupils with SEN without statements representing 17.2 per cent of pupils across all schools. This is an increase from 16.4 per cent a year earlier. Contrary to the pattern for pupils with statements of SEN, the incidence of pupils with SEN without statements is greater in primary schools (18.1 per cent) than in secondary schools (17.8 per cent).
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Additional informationEXCEL (These tables show information on the primary need of pupils by their other characteristics including gender, age and ethnic group.)
Additional informationEXCEL (Tables 1 to 11 from the SFR)
Additional informationEXCEL (Additional analyses, including Local Authority level tables)
Reference IDSFR15/2008
Coverage Country England
Date Released25 June 2008
Main Category Children, Education and Skills
Sub CategorySpecial Educational Needs and additional support    Click on subcategory link to see if there is later information
TypeStatistical First Release
ContactAndrew Clarke - Schools Statistical Team  tel: 01325 735478
PreRelease AccessClick here
 Publication includes individual Local Authority informationPublication includes individual Local Authority information

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