The special educational needs survey – known as SEN2 – is completed in January each year by local authorities. It is the main source of data collected on children with statements of special education needs. 

This is different from the data on number of pupils with statements in schools - which is collected as part of the school census. It is the only source of data on statements issued by individual local authorities (LAs).

Legislative requirement 

The completion of the SEN2 survey is compulsory. Data is collected under the Secretary of State’s normal powers of requiring information from schools and local authorities – the School Standards and Framework Act 1999.

Without this information it would be difficult for Ministers, Parliament, central and local government, pressure groups and the public, to monitor government policies and their effectiveness, and to see how many pupils with statements there are in individual LAs.

Further information

See the detailed guidance on the following page, along with frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the SEN2 survey, also in this section of the website.