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Special Educational Needs

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children received statements of special educational needs in January 2008. (247235)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with special educational needs obtained a BTEC qualification in each year since 1997. (253354)

The information requested for 1997 to 2007 is not available. The information for 2008 is as follows:

In 20081, 18,883 pupils2 with special educational needs obtained a BTEC qualification at the end of key stage 4.

1 Figures are based on amended data.

2 Pupils attending all maintained schools plus non-maintained special schools.

Source:

National Pupil Database

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils with (a) a statement of special educational needs and (b) unstatemented special educational needs who attended independent schools achieved five A* to C grades at GCSE (i) in all subjects and (ii) including English and mathematics in each year since 2003. (253437)

This information is not held centrally as pupil level information is not collected from independent schools.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with statements of special educational needs attended (a) maintained and (b) non-maintained special schools in each year since 1997. (255709)

The number of pupils with statements of special educational needs at maintained and non-maintained special schools since 1997 is shown in the following table.

Pupils with statements of special educational need: England

Maintained special schools

Non-maintained special schools

1997

87,330

5,030

1998

87,930

4,710

1999

87,330

4,390

2000

86,880

4,610

2001

87,400

4,500

2002

85,800

4,490

2003

85,800

4,840

2004

84,250

4,700

2005

83,290

4,740

2006

82,570

4,660

2007

82,490

4,610

2008

82,410

4,540

Note:

Figures rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with non-statemented special educational needs attended (a) maintained and (b) non-maintained special schools in each year since 1997. (255710)

Information on non-statemented pupils with special educational needs was only collected from maintained special schools since 2002 and from non-maintained special schools since 2003. The available information is shown in the following table.

Non-statemented pupils with special educational needs: England

Maintained special schools

Non-maintained special schools

2002

2,410

1

2003

1,890

40

2004

1,800

30

2005

1,750

40

2006

1,690

60

2007

1,690

30

2008

1,890

40

1 — not available.

Note:

Figures rounded to the nearest 10

Source:

School Census

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which maintained special schools had boarders in 2008. (256441)

A table has been placed in the Libraries indicating which maintained special schools had places for boarders in 2008, including those which closed during that year. This has been drawn from Edubase, which contains information supplied by local authorities and schools.

The Department does not collect data on the number of boarders actually taking up places. In general, local authorities fund special schools on the basis of the number of pupils for which they are expected to cater, including boarders, whether or not the places are actually occupied. This enables a stable resource base to be maintained, while allowing for the admission of pupils whose needs are identified during the year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained special schools had (a) between 100 and 200 pupils, (b) between 201 and 300 pupils, (c) between 301 and 400 pupils and (d) over 400 pupils in 2008. (256442)

The requested information is shown in the following table derived from the School Census returns made by schools to the Department.

Maintained special schools: number of schools by size1, position as at January 2008, England

Number of schools

Between 100 to 200 pupils

280

Between 201 to 300 pupils

22

Between 301 to 400 pupils

0

Over 400 pupils

1

Total

303

1 Excludes dually registered pupils

Source:

School Census

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1730-31W, on special educational needs, what steps he is taking to ensure that school censuses do not undercount the number of looked-after children in schools. (256859)

The Department recognises that when the School Census began to identify looked- after children, it undercounted them, and it is possible that an element of undercounting remains. We are therefore exploring ways of obtaining this information via other means without placing additional burdens on local authorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1730-1W, on special educational needs, how many (a) male and (b) female pupils there were in each category in each year. (256861)

The requested information is provided in the table.

Maintained primary and secondary schools and all special schools1: number of pupils2, position in January each year 2004 to 2008, England

Number of pupils who were eligible for free school meals and have statemented special educational needs

Number of pupils who were eligible for free school meals and have non-statemented special educational needs

Number of pupils who were eligible for free school meals and were children in care

Number of pupils who had statemented special educational needs and were children in care

Number of pupils who had non-statemented special educational needs and were children in care

Number of pupils who were eligible for free school meals, had statemented special educational needs and were children in care

Number of pupils who were eligible for free school meals, had non-statemented special educational needs and were children in care

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

2004

49,770

21,150

195,660

126,770

2,980

2,550

5,110

2,390

6,060

4,620

840

370

1,360

1,080

2005

46,750

19,540

195,140

126,780

3,070

2,690

5,230

2,290

6,370

4,970

830

340

1,430

1,160

2006

44,190

18,000

194,940

127,760

3,020

2,710

5,520

2,370

6,810

5,460

810

310

1,380

1,140

2007

42,340

17,070

196,170

130,140

2,970

2,630

6,040

2,550

7,410

6,220

810

310

1,330

1,180

2008

40,700

15,970

197,250

133,650

2,900

2,500

6,060

2,520

7,680

6,440

780

310

1,330

1,180

1 Includes primary and secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies and all special schools (excludes general hospital schools).

2 Includes dually registered pupils and boarding pupils.

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 children with statements of special educational needs were taught in classes of (a) 21 to 30 pupils, (b) 31 to 40 pupils and (c) more than 40 pupils in each of the last five years. (256895)