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SEN in England data release – the headlines

20 Jun 2022|11:19

The government have issued the full set of data relating to Special Educational Needs in England. This release combines information from the school census, school level annual school census, general hospital school census and alternative provision census on pupils with SEN.

The headlines show:

  • EHCPs up from 3.7% to 4%
  • Almost 1 in 3 of all pupils with an EHCP have Autism as a primary need
  • SEN Support up from 12.2% to 12.6%
  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs remains the most common type of need for SEN support 
  • Pupils with EHCP and SEN Support have a significantly higher percentage of FSM, 39.7% and 36.4% versus 22.5% overall.
  • SEN is identified as more prevalent in the Traveller or Irish Heritage ethnic group

Further research is needed on the impact of poverty on SEN and the current education provision as these figures would seem to suggest a compounding problem.