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Special Educational Needs

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary mainstream schools were assessed as having inadequate provision for special educational needs in their most recent inspections. (252675)

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in both the Libraries.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 2 February:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, for a response.

The inspection judgement relating to special educational needs sits within the Achievement and Standards judgement, ‘how well learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities make progress’.

Since the introduction of the current school inspection framework (commonly known as section 5) in September 2005, 16,873 inspections have been carried out in primary schools. The progress of pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities was judged to be inadequate in 467 (2.8%) inspections.

During the same period, 3,455 inspections were carried out in secondary schools. The progress of pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities was judged to be inadequate in 206 (6%) inspections.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Rt Hon Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Key Stage 4 pupils who had (a) a statement of special educational needs and (b) unstatemented special educational needs attended (i) maintained, (ii) independent and (iii) independent special schools in each year since 1997. (253439)

The available information is shown in the table.

Data on national curriculum year group are only reliable from 2003 onwards. Therefore data prior to this are not available. Information on KS4 pupils with special educational needs is not available for independent schools. Information is given for non-maintained special schools. Information on other types of special schools is not collected.

Maintained secondary schools, maintained special schools and non maintained special schools: number of pupils in national curriculum year groups 10 and 11 who had a statement of special educational needs and who had unstatemented special educational needs1—position in January each year 2003 to 2008—England

Maintained secondary

Maintained special schools2

Non maintained special schools4

Number of pupils who had a statement of special educational needs3

Number of pupils who had unstatemented special educational needs4

Number of pupils who had a statement of special educational needs3

Number of pupils who had unstatemented special educational needs4

Number of pupils who had a statement of special educational needs3

Number of pupils who had unstatemented special educational needs4

Year group 10

Year group 11

Year group 10

Year group 11

Year group 10

Year group 11

Year group 10

Year group 11

Year group 10

Year group 11

Year group 10

Year group 11

2003

15,810

14,200

77,600

67,360

9,740

9,370

50

60

650

620

2004

15,180

14,540

79,920

71,790

9,350

9,090

50

90

600

600

10

2005

15,080

14,180

85,420

76,020

9,340

9,160

70

90

570

570

0

4

2006

14,610

13,970

90,870

83,020

9,660

9,320

50

70

610

540

2007

13,800

13,310

97,650

90,830

9,660

9,610

40

90

580

560

10

0

2008

12,990

12,780

102,550

101,680

9,460

9,580

60

100

500

570

0

10

1 Excludes dually registered pupils.

2 In 2003 and 2004, may include some pupils recorded at statutory assessment stage. Includes middle schools as deemed.

3 Including general and special hospital schools.

4 Excludes general hospital schools. Data for pupils with SEN without statements is not collected from these schools.

Note:

Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained special schools there were in each local authority are in each year since 1997. (254518)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to him on 3 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1072-73W.