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National Curriculum Tests: Special Educational Needs

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of (a) all children identified with speech, language and communication difficulties, (b) children identified with speech, language and communications difficulties from the 10 per cent. most deprived areas and (c) children identified with speech, language and communication difficulties from the five per cent. most deprived areas achieved the national standard in all Key Stage 1 assessments in each year since 1997; (257607)

(2) how many and what proportion of children identified with speech, language and communication difficulties from (a) the 10 per cent. most deprived areas and (b) the five per cent. most deprived areas achieved the national standard in Key Stage 1 (i) reading, (ii) writing, (iii) mathematics and (iv) science assessments in each year since 1997;

(3) how many and what proportion of children identified with speech, language and communication difficulties achieved the national standard in Key Stage 1 (a) reading, (b) writing, (c) mathematics and (d) science assessments in each year since 1997.

The Department only collects data by type of special educational need for children at School Action Plus or with statements. School Action Plus, under the SEN Code of Practice, is where a school receives some external help to meet a child’s SEN. A SEN statement is drawn up by a local authority, following an assessment, where it is necessary to determine the special educational provision which a child’s learning difficulties call for.

The available 2008 information is attached to the “Statistical First Release: Attainment by Pupil Characteristics, in England 2007/08”, which can be found at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000822/index.shtml

Analysis similar to that requested for pupils with speech, language and communication difficulty attaining the expected level in Key Stage 1 was carried out using 2006 data and the relevant information is given as follows.

This information is not available for years before 2005 when type of SEN information for pupils was not collected.

The analysis only relates to the primary SEN type of pupils. Some of these children may also have a secondary SEN type which has not been taken into consideration in the analysis.

Percentage of pupils achieving level 2 (expected level) or above in Key Stage 1 assessments in 2006

Number of pupils with speech language and communication difficulty at school action plus = reading/writing/maths 8,875, science 8,870

Number of pupils with speech language and communication difficulty with statements = reading/writing/maths 2,410, science 2,405

Reading

Writing

Maths

Science

School action plus

Speech language and communication difficulty

45

38

60

58

Statement

Speech language and communication difficulty

29

22

38

33

Note:

Figures relate to seven-year-olds (age at start of academic year, i.e. 31 August) in maintained schools.

The Department intends to publish similar information for pupils with special educational needs based on 2008 data later this year.

Further information can be provided only at a disproportionate cost.