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Special Educational Needs

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1730-32W, on special educational needs, if he will provide a breakdown of the figures given by (a) primary and (b) secondary schools. (258049)

The requested information is provided in the table.

Maintained primary and secondary schools: Number of pupils1,2—position in January each year 2004-08—England

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Maintained primary schools3

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

18,180

17,120

15,600

14,730

14,050

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

198,760

196,160

191,960

193,730

194,090

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

2,660

2,760

2,600

2,550

2,420

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

1,520

1,600

1,460

1,520

1,500

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

5,880

5,980

5,830

6,320

6,350

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

230

240

210

190

200

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

1,500

1,530

1,350

1,360

1,320

Maintained secondary schools3

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

21,230

19,860

18,430

16,840

15,190

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

123,340

125,410

130,430

132,240

136,510

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

2,110

2,310

2,470

2,360

2,300

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

1,700

1,850

2,170

2,280

2,210

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

4,760

5,310

6,400

7,270

7,730

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

230

250

250

250

220

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

930

1,050

1,160

1,150

1,190

1 Includes dually registered pupils and boarding pupils.

2 All pupils aged 5-19.

3 Includes middle schools as deemed.

Note:

Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many non-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. (259297)

The requested information is shown in the following table.

Non maintained special schools: number of schools by size1; position at January 2008—England

Number of schools

Between 100 and 200 pupils

9

Between 201 and 300 pupils

1

Between 301 and 400 pupils

0

Over 400 pupils

0

Total

10

1 Excludes dually registered pupils.

Source:

School Census

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of providing (a) special needs education and (b) social care for children diagnosed with foetal anti-convulsant syndrome resulting from mothers receiving sodium valproate treatment during pregnancy in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (259372)

The budgeted net expenditure by local authorities in England on special educational needs is £5,098,916,0001 for the financial year 2008-09. The Department does not collect data about local authorities’ expenditure specifically on social care provision for children diagnosed with foetal anti-convulsant syndrome and no estimate has been made of the cost.

1 The data are drawn from local authorities Children, Schools and Families Financial Data Collection Budget (Tables 1 and 2) submitted to the DCSF.