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SEND data released

15:09 07 June in National News
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Please see below links to two SEN publications released by the Department for Education.

Statements of SEN and EHC plans: England 2016: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statements-of-sen-and-ehc-plans-england-2016

SEN: analysis and summary of data sources: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sen-analysis-and-summary-of-data-sources

Summary of findings:

  • There were 256, 315 pupils with statements or plans, an increase of 16,130 on last year’s total of 240,185. This is a greater increase than previous years.
  • LAs are delivering 59.1 % of new plans within 20 weeks, excluding exception cases.
  • 2% of children and young people who had statements as of 15th January 2015 transferred to an EHC plan by 21st January 2016. These stats are from around one-third of the way through the implementation period; LAs have until April 2018 to transfer the remaining statements. We’ve compared progress for a sample of 21 LAs against their published transition plans; of these, 38.1% are on or ahead of schedule.
  • 7% of children and young people with statements or EHC plans were placed in state funded mainstream schools, 40.5% attended state funded special schools, 4.0% attended  independent special schools and 8.9% attended other provisions.  Any comparisons with previous years should be treated with caution as the scope of the collection has changed for both age and establishment types leading to the increase in the ‘other’ section.
  • There were 1,400 mediation cases held in 2015, of which 24.9% went onto an appeal to the tribunal during 2015. It is possible that some mediation cases held in 2015 may have gone onto tribunal in 2016 and would not have been captured in this SFR (this is the first year we’ve reported this data).
  • 2,205 personal budgets were taken up for EHC plans issued or reviewed during 2015
  • 147 LAs had or are recruiting designated medical or clinical officers.
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