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Children with Difficulties

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in (a) West Sussex and (b) Mid Sussex are classified as having emotional, social or behavioural difficulties. (85834)

Maintained primary and secondary and all special schools1,2: number and percentage of pupils at School Action Plus or with statements of SEN who are classified as having emotional, behavioural and social difficulties3,4,5. January 2006: West Sussex local authority and Mid Sussex parliamentary constituencyWest Sussex local authorityMid Sussex parliamentary constituencyNumberPercentage6NumberPercentage6Maintained primary77516.89920.1Maintained secondary1,24132.110922.4All special schools21914.84415.8 1 Includes middle schools as deemed. 2 Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital school. 3 Pupils at School Action Plus and those pupils with a statement of SEN provided information on their primary need and, if appropriate, their secondary need. Information on primary need only is given here. Data are not collected on pupils at School Action. 4 Excludes dually registered pupils. 5 There are a number of sensitivities about categorising pupils by their type of need. It is important that anyone using the data should be aware of the concerns and also understand the limitations of the data’s reliability and validity. There are a range of factors which may affect the data recorded: (i) definitions of each type of need are necessarily limited in scope and some are more difficult to establish; (ii) many children have a number of needs and it is sometimes difficult to decide which is the major need; (iii) professionals from education and health fields may classify some children differently and there is some evidence that parental background may sometimes affect diagnosis; (iv) the levels of identification of SEN and the levels of School Action, School Action Plus and statementing within SEN are very varied between local authorities—this is likely to affect some types of need more than others; (v) in some authorities funding policies may effect SEN identification. 6 Number of pupils with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties expressed as a percentage of the total number of pupils at School Action Plus or with a statement of SEN. Source: Schools Census