The main findings are:
-- At September 1995, nearly 9,400 pupils were attending special schools. This compared to nearly 8,700 at September 1993, an increase of eight per cent.
-- Around three quarters of pupils in special schools had a Record of Needs.
-- In 1995, over 1,600 of these pupils were considered by their schools to be predominantly based in the special unit, (rather than in mainstream classes). This compared with over 1,400 pupils similarly categorised in 1993, an increase of around 13 per cent. This increase was entirely accounted for by increased placements in units attached to primary schools.
-- At September 1995, a total of more than 2,600 pupils in fulltime attendance at mainstream primary schools had a Record of Needs. The corresponding figure for mainstream secondary schools was over 2,500.
-- At September 1995, a total of 14,285 pupils had a Record of Needs (not including pupils in nursery schools). This compared to 11,435 in 1993, an increase of 25 per cent.
Most of this increase was accounted for by an increase in the recording of pupils in mainstream schools.
-- In 1995, nearly two thirds of pupils aged 17 and over in special schools received work experience on employers' premises, as did 57 per cent of pupils aged 16.
-- A total of 1,661 pupils in special schools were taking certificate courses in 1995, representing 20 per cent of all pupils in special schools.
The total number of courses taken by pupils in 1995 was over 6,500. Pupils may have taken more than one course: all courses were counted in this analysis. Of the 6,500 courses, 4,200, or two thirds, were SCOTVEC NC module courses.
The Statistical Bulletin, Provision for Pupils with Special Educational Needs, 1993 and 1995, Edn/D2/1996/11, is published today by The Scottish Office Education and Industry Department. It is available from HMSO Books, 71 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9AZ, Telephone (0131) 228 4181, Price £2.00.