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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils at the West Somerset county college receive help for dyslexia; and at what cost. (93575)

No information is collected centrally which would enable the Government to make an estimate of the number of children with dyslexia at West Somerset county college. However, since 2004, the Department for Education and Skills have collected data on pupils by type of SEN as part of the annual school census. Dyslexia is included within specific learning difficulties (SpLD) - which also covers dyscalculia and dyspraxia. We have data on pupils with SEN at School Action Plus and with a statement of SEN where SpLD is recorded as their primary need. The number of pupils with specific learning difficulties at West Somerset county college in 2006 is in the table below. We do not have data on pupils whose needs are met at ‘School Action’.

West Somerset community college: Number of pupils with specific learning difficulties as their primary type of need1—January 2006


School Action Plus


Statement of SEN


1 Excludes dually registered pupils 2 Less than 3 Source: Schools Census

In 2006-07, Somerset local authority reported via their 2006-07 Section 52 budget statement that they had budgeted £37.2 million for the provision of education for children with special educational needs. Of this £37.2 million, the funding delegated to West Somerset County College identified as “notional SEN” was £271,775. Figures recorded against “notional SEN” are only indicative of the amount that might be spent by the school on pupils with SEN and do not include any money retained centrally and spent on behalf of its schools by Somerset local authority.

Funding specifically for pupils with dyslexia is not collected and therefore cannot be distinguished from the overall budgeted expenditure on SEN.