Improving outcomes for children and young people is key to the ambitious vision for reform set out in ’Support and aspiration: A new Approach to special educational needs and disability’ which included wide-ranging proposals to improve outcomes for children and young people who are disabled or have special educational needs.

The information in this publication supports this vision as it will help teachers, parents, school governing bodies, local authorities and those they work with to assess the quality and efficiency of the provision they make with a view to improving those outcomes.

This is an annual publication which draws together data from a number of key public data sets and supports the Government’s commitment to make information publicly available in a transparent way. It presents information at national and local levels about the characteristics and attainment of pupils with special educational needs. In addition, this year’s publication also includes, for the first time, provisional data on the numbers of disabled children. However, this was experimental data in 2011 which was recorded for a small percentage of children and so its findings should be treated with caution. Further information is available in Chapter 1 of this publication.

Includes:

  • Prevalence of pupils with special educational needs
  • How do the achievements compare between pupils with and without special educational needs?
  • How does progression vary between Key Stages for pupils with special educational needs?
  • How do activities up to age 19 vary according to the level of provision and type of special educational need?
  • Absence and exclusion from school
  • Characteristics of pupils with special educational needs
  • Attainment of pupils with special educational needs
  • Progression of pupils with special educational needs
  • How do activities up to age 19 vary according to the level of provision and type of special educational need?
  • Absence and exclusions from schools for pupils with special educational needs