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Special Educational Needs: Disadvantaged

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils (a) with a special educational need, (b) on school action, (c) on school action plus and (d) with a statement of special educational need are entitled to free school meals; and if he will make a statement. (207167)

The requested information is shown in the table.

Maintained primary and secondary schools1: Number and percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals by SEN provision2, January 2007 England

Maintained primary

Maintained secondary3

Total pupils2

Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals4

Total pupils2

Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals4

SEN provision

No provision

3,320,060

432,250

13.0

2,670,850

280,620

10.5

Total number of pupils with SEN without statements

720,890

207,780

28.5

531,610

132,240

24.9

School Action

485,260

133,560

27.5

365,130

85,710

23.5

School Action Plus

243,630

74,210

30.5

166,480

46,530

28.0

Statement of SEN

61,800

15,480

25.0

70,020

16,840

24.0

Total SEN5

790,690

223,250

28.2

601,630

149,080

24.8

1 Includes middle schools as deemed. 2 Includes dually registered pupils and boarding pupils. 3 Excludes City Technology Colleges and Academies. 4 Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals expressed as a percentage of number (headcount) of pupils in each SEN provision. 5 Includes pupils with statements, and those identified by schools as having SEN who do not have statements. Note:Totals may not appear to equal the sum of the component parts because numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source: School Census.