Below is some recent data released in October 2012 by the Secretary of State about SEN children in England. It is based on a number of sources dating 2006-2011. This information was published in SNIP newsletter December issue (no. 257):
- The number of pupils with SEN has decreased in England (about 1.70 million in 2009/2010 to 1.62 million in 2011/2012)
- The number of pupils with SEN statements has increased slightly (224,000 in 2009/10 to 226,000 in 2011/12)
- Boys are two and a half times more likely to have statements of SEN at primary schools and nearly three times more likely to have statements at secondary school compared to girls
- Pupils with SEN were more than twice as likely to be eligible for free school meals (29.8% compared to 13.7%)
- Black pupils were most likely to have SEN without statements (23.4%) and also most likely to have statements of SEN (1.9%) than White and Asian pupils and those with mixed ethnicity.
- 72. 8% of ‘looked after’ children (for at least a year) at 31 March had SEN, compared to 20.6% of all pupils in January 2011.