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
- 248,000 pupils or 3% of all pupils in schools had statements of SEN
- 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
- 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
- Including those pupils with statements, primary schools had, on
average, a slightly higher proportion of pupils with SEN (21%) than
secondary schools (19%).
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