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Special Educational Needs

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2009, Official Report, columns 755-56W, on special educational needs, what the names are of the four schools referred to in the answer. (260245)

Information on the four schools referred to in the answer is shown in the following table.

Maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools1, 2 schools with more than 20 per cent. of pupils with statements of special educational needs3 position as at January 2008

Name of school

Local authority

Number of pupils with statements of special educational need3

Percentage of pupils with statements of special educational need3

Foresters Primary School

Sutton

50

20.6

The Mailing School

Kent

90

22.0

The Grange Primary School

Sefton

60

22.5

Pinewood Infant School

Hampshire

20

23.3

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Excludes City Technology Colleges and Academies.

3 Excludes dually registered pupils.

Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils with statements of special educational needs consequent upon behavioural, emotional and social difficulties attended (a) special schools and (b) mainstream schools in each year since 1997. (271829)

The available information is provided in the table. Information on pupils with statements of SEN and their main or primary need and, if appropriate, their secondary need was collected for the first time in 2004.

Proportion of pupils1 with a statement of SEN for behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD)2 attending special schools3 and mainstream schools4, as at January each year, England

Percentage of pupils with BESD attending:

Special schools

Mainstream schools

2004

37.3

62.7

2005

37.8

62.2

2006

39.0

61.0

2007

41.3

58.7

2008

42.4

57.6

1 Excludes dually registered pupils. 2 Pupils with a statement of SEN provide information on their primary need and, if appropriate, their secondary need, information on primary need only is given here. 3 Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools. 4 Includes maintained nursery, primary, and secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies. Source: School Census.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which special schools (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have visited since June 2007; and on what date each such visit took place. (273285)

[holding answer 7 May 2009]: The following table shows special schools visited by Ministers at the Department for Children, Schools and Families since June 2007 to date.

Ministers have also visited special schools in their capacity as constituency MPs. In addition some of the mainstream schools they have visited also had excellent specialist units to support children with special educational needs.

Date

Schools visited

Ed Balls

3 April 2008

Michael Tippett School, London

23 October 2008

Lyndale School, Wirral

11 May 2009

Two Rivers High School, Tamworth

Beverley Hughes

12 June 2008

New Woodlands Special School, Bromley

Jim Knight

7 May 2008

Wilson Stuart Special School, Birmingham

3 July 2008

Springfield Special School, Oxford

10 September 2008

Brislington Enterprise College, Bristol

23 April 2009

The Orchards School, Greenfold School, Bolton

Sarah McCarthy-Fry

22 October 2008

New Bridge School, Oldham

9 February 2009

Treehouse School, London

18 March 2009

Linden Lodge School, London

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, columns 1352-54W, on special educational needs, how many of the pupils in schools in special measures were in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) schools in each local authority area. (274770)

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 the House Libraries.