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Special Educational Needs

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school-aged children have had a dual placement in both a special school and a mainstream school in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (90278)

The available information on the number of pupils of compulsory school age with dual registration status is given in the table.

Pupils who are dually registered at two schools will generally spend more time at one school (dual “main” registration) than at the other (dual “subsidiary” registration). A detailed breakdown of dual registrations is not available from all school types.

Maintained primary, secondary and all special schools, pupil referral units and independent schools number of dually registered pupils. Position in January each year: 2002 to 2006—England

Headcount of pupils aged five to 151

Maintained primary and secondary schools2

Maintained special schools (excluding general hospital)

General hospital schools

Non-maintained special schools

Pupil referral units

Independent schools

Dual (Main)

Dual (Subsidiary)

Dual (Main)

Dual (Subsidiary)

Dual4

Dual (Main)

Dual (Subsidiary)

Dual4

Dual4

20023

5

5

600

580

870

10

5

4,920

5

2003

1,050

610

870

570

950

10

n/a

5,370

5

2004

3,060

1,130

900

980

870

10

n/a

7,130

5

2005

2,390

1,470

850

1,040

890

10

10

7,870

5

2006

3,970

1,810

1,010

1,180

930

10

10

8,160

5

n/a = Not available.

1 Age at the start of the school year.

2 Includes middle schools as deemed.

3 Due to differences and changes in the underlying data collection, the number of pupils with dual subsidiary registration are not available for non-maintained special schools for 2002, and general hospital schools for all years.

4 Includes both main and subsidiary dual registrations.

5 One or two pupils.

Note:

Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Schools’ Census