On the 26th July, the DfE published the latest statistics on pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
1. More pupils with SEN – For the second consecutive year, the proportion of pupils with SEN has risen from 14.4% of pupils (1,244,255) in January 2017 to 14.6% of pupils (1,276,215) in January 2018.
2. More pupils with a statement or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan – The number of pupils with a statement or EHC plan increased by 11,495 pupils between January 2017 and January 2018. The percentage of pupils with a statement or EHC plan has risen to 2.9% after remaining constant for 10 years (2007-2017).
3. Autism is one of the most common needs – Moderate Learning Difficulty is the most common primary type of need overall at 21.6% of pupils in January 2018. Autism Spectrum Disorder remains the most common primary type of need for pupils with a statement or EHC plan- increasing from 26.9% in January 2017 to 28.2% in January 2018.
4. SEN continues to be more prevalent in boys – In January 2018, 14.7% of boys receive SEN support compared to 8.2% of girls. The number of boys with a statement or EHC plan increased from 4% in January 2017 to 4.2% in January 2018, whereas the number of girls with a statement or EHC plan remains unchanged at 1.6%.
5. Pupils with SEN are more likely to be on free school meals – 25.8% of of pupils with special educational needs remain more likely to be eligible for free school meals, compared to 11.5% without special educational needs.