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).

Contact details

Andrew Clarke - Schools Statistical Team
Telephone: 01325 735478
Email: schools.statistics@education.gsi.gov.uk