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Learning Disabilities

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schoolchildren in Essex have learning disabilities; and what percentage of such children are taught in mainstream schools. (111829)

The Department for Education and Skills collects information on children with special educational needs (SEN). A child has SEN if he has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of his age, and/or he has a disability which either prevents or hinders him from making use of educational facilities generally provided for children of his age within his local authority area.

The following table shows numbers of pupils with SEN in the Essex local authority.

Mainstream schools: Number and percentage of pupils with SEN1—January 2006—Essex local authority

Pupils with statements of SEN

Pupils with SEN without statment2

Total pupils

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Total all schools

212,090

5,039

2.4

28,456

13.4

of which taught in:

Maintained nursery

295

3

3

30

10.2

Maintained primary4

107,092

1,524

1.4

16,004

14.9

Maintained secondary4

91,095

1,471

1.6

11,117

12.2

Total mainstream

198,482

2,995

1.5

27,151

13.7

1 Excludes dually registered pupils.

2 Schools provide support to children with SEN taking account of the advice in the SEN code of practice which recommends school based support at two levels—“School Action” and “School Action Plus”. Where a child does not make adequate progress with the support provided at “School Action Plus”, the local authority may assess the child and issue a statement of the child’s special educational needs.

3 Less than 3, or a rate based on less than 3.

4 Includes middle schools as deemed.

Source:

Schools’ Census