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SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS IN ENGLAND: JANUARY 1999

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This Statistical First Release provides data on Special Educational ...
This Statistical First Release provides data on Special Educational

Needs (SEN) for all schools in England as at January 1999, including

a breakdown by local education authority area and region for

maintained primary, secondary and special schools. Data from 1995 to

1999 are also included.

KEY POINTS

- 248,000 pupils or 3% of all pupils in schools had statements of SEN

in 1999.

- The number and percentage of pupils with statements continued to

climb, up from 2.6% in 1995 and from 2.9% in 1998 to 3% in 1999.

- In 1999, 60% of pupils with statements were placed in maintained

mainstream schools (nursery, primary and secondary), 38% in either

special schools (maintained and non-maintained) or Pupil Referral

Units (PRUs) and 3% in independent schools.

- The percentage of pupils with statements placed in maintained

mainstream schools continued to increase, from 54% in 1995 to 60% in

1999.

- The percentage placed in special schools (maintained and

non-maintained) or PRUs fell from 44% in 1995 to 38% in 1999.

- Between 1995 and 1999, the total number of pupils in maintained or

non-maintained special schools and pupil referral units, including

those with and without statements, remained at between 97,000 and

99,000.

- Including those pupils with statements, primary schools had, on

average, a slightly higher proportion of pupils with SEN (21%) than

secondary schools (19%).

NOTES

1. Information about pupils is derived from the Schools' Census in

January each year.

2. Provisional figures are still subject to revision but significant

changes are not expected.

3. Final figures are due to be published in October 1999 in the

Statistical Bulletin, Special Educational Needs in England : January

1999.

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