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Autism: Greater London

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many autistic students are enrolled in schools in (a) Greater London, (b) the London borough of Havering and (c) Romford. (134548)

Information on pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and their primary need is collected via the school census for pupils at school action plus and those with statements of SEN. The available information is given in the table.

Maintained nursery, primary, secondary and all special schools, city technology colleges and academies1,2: number and percentage of pupils whose primary need is autistic spectrum disorder3,4 as at January 2006

Pupils at School Action Plus or with statements of SEN whose primary need is autistic spectrum disorder

Maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools

City technology colleges and academies

Special schools

Total

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

England5

28,170

5.3

100

3.1

11,260

12.7

39,520

6.4

London Government Office Region5

4,210

5.0

60

3.3

1,800

15.6

6,060

6.2

Havering local authority area

96

4.9

n/a

n/a

70

26.3

166

7.5

Romford parliamentary constituency

24

4.3

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

24

4.3

n/a = Not applicable, no schools of this type. 1 Includes middle schools as deemed. 2 Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools. 3 Excludes dually registered pupils. 4 Information on type of need was collected from those pupils at School Action Plus and with statements of SEN. 5 National and regional figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Source: School Census