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Special Educational Needs: Disadvantaged

Volume 493: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in each local authority area who were eligible for free school meals, had statements of special educational needs and were children in care, attended mainstream schools in 2008. (260506)

The information requested is shown in the table.

The information provided is from the School Census however this is not the usual source of data for information on children in care. Usually we would use the looked after children database but this does not hold all the details requested here.

The School Census shows that there were 34,390 pupils aged 5 to 19 attending primary, secondary and special schools and classed as being in care as at January 2008. Data published by the Department in “SFR 23/2008: Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2008” show 47,600 children aged between 5 and 19 as being looked after as at 31 March 2008. However, the School Census does not cover all looked after children; information is not collected for pupils in alternative provision, including pupil referral units, FE colleges, voluntary provision and those not in education or training.

These differences in coverage will explain the different counts to an extent, but it is possible that the School Census undercounts the number of looked after children in primary, secondary and special schools.

LA maintained primary schools and state-funded secondary schools1,2: Pupils eligible for free school meals, with statements of special educational needs and in care, as at January 2008, England, by local authority

Number of pupils3,4

England

430

North East

20

Darlington

5

Durham

10

Gateshead

0

Hartlepool

0

Middlesbrough

10

Newcastle upon Tyne

5

North Tyneside

5

Northumberland

5

Redcar and Cleveland

0

South Tyneside

5

Stockton-on-Tees

5

Sunderland

5

North West

120

Blackburn with Darwen

5

Blackpool

5

Bolton

10

Bury

5

Cheshire

10

Cumbria

10

Halton

5

Knowsley

0

Lancashire

20

Liverpool

10

Manchester

20

Oldham

5

Rochdale

5

Salford

5

Sefton

5

St. Helens

5

Stockport

10

Tameside

5

Trafford

10

Warrington

5

Wigan

5

Wirral

10

Yorkshire and the Humber

50

Barnsley

5

Bradford

10

Calderdale

5

Doncaster

5

East Riding of Yorkshire

5

Kingston upon Hull, City of

5

Kirklees

5

Leeds

10

North East Lincolnshire

0

North Lincolnshire

5

North Yorkshire

5

Rotherham

5

Sheffield

10

Wakefield

5

York

5

East Midlands

30

Derby

5

Derbyshire

10

Leicester

10

Leicestershire

5

Lincolnshire

5

Northamptonshire

10

Nottingham

5

Nottinghamshire

0

Rutland

0

West Midlands

50

Birmingham

20

Coventry

0

Dudley

10

Herefordshire

0

Sandwell

0

Shropshire

10

Solihull

5

Staffordshire

5

Stoke-on-Trent

5

Telford and Wrekin

5

Walsall

5

Warwickshire

5

Wolverhampton

5

Worcestershire

5

East of England

30

Bedfordshire

5

Cambridgeshire

0

Essex

10

Hertfordshire

5

Luton

5

Norfolk

5

Peterborough

5

Southend-on-Sea

5

Suffolk

5

Thurrock

5

London

70

Inner London

30

Camden

5

City of London

0

Hackney

10

Hammersmith and Fulham

10

Haringey

0

Islington

5

Kensington and Chelsea

5

Lambeth

10

Lewisham

5

Newham

5

Southwark

5

Tower Hamlets

10

Wandsworth

5

Westminster

5

Outer London

30

Barking and Dagenham

0

Barnet

5

Bexley

5

Brent

5

Bromley

0

Croydon

5

Ealing

5

Enfield

5

Greenwich

10

Harrow

5

Havering

5

Hillingdon

5

Hounslow

5

Kingston upon Thames

0

Merton

0

Redbridge

5

Richmond upon Thames

5

Sutton

5

Waltham Forest

5

South East

40

Bracknell Forest

0

Brighton and Hove

5

Buckinghamshire

5

East Sussex

5

Hampshire

5

Isle of Wight

5

Kent

10

Medway

5

Milton Keynes

0

Oxfordshire

5

Portsmouth

5

Reading

5

Slough

5

Southampton

0

Surrey

10

West Berkshire

0

West Sussex

0

Windsor and Maidenhead

5

Wokingham

0

South West

20

Bath and North East Somerset

5

Bournemouth

0

Bristol, City of

5

Cornwall

0

Devon

5

Dorset

5

Gloucestershire

5

Isles of Scilly

0

North Somerset

0

Plymouth

5

Poole

5

Somerset

5

South Gloucestershire

0

Swindon

5

Torbay

5

Wiltshire

5

1 Includes middle schools as deemed. 2 Includes city technology colleges and academies. 3 Pupils aged 5-19. 4 Includes dually registered pupils. 5 Less than 5. Note:

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Source: School Census.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) special school pupils who were eligible for free school meals had an absence rate of 50 per cent. or above in 2007-08. (260537)

The information requested is shown in the table.

Primary, secondary and special schools1, 2, 3 pupils eligible for free school meals who have an absence rate of 50 per cent. or above, 2007/08, England

Number of pupil enrolments with an absence rate of 50 per cent. or above4, 5

Eligible for free school meals6

Not eligible for free school meals6

Eligibility for free school meals unknown6

Total

Primary schools1

1,700

2,870

8,080

12,640

State funded secondary schools1, 2

10,370

19,380

10,780

40,530

Special schools3

960

1,690

590

3,240

Total

13,030

23,940

19,440

56,410

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Includes CTCs and academies.

3 Includes both maintained and non-maintained special schools.

4 Absence rate is the total number of half day sessions missed due to authorised and unauthorised absence expressed as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions.

5 Number of pupil enrolments in schools from start of the school year up until 23 May 2008. Includes pupils on the school roll for at least one session who are aged between five and 15, excluding boarders. Some pupils may be counted more than once (if they moved schools during the school year or are registered in more than one school).

6 Eligible for free school meals at the time of the January 2008 Census.

Note:

Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census

The information is a variation of table 3.2 in SFR03/2009, which was revised on 21 April 2009.

Absence data are collected a term in arrears. Therefore, for each census, schools provide data for pupils who have left the school, in which case free school meal eligibility may not be available. The table includes all enrolments, regardless of duration of enrolment. Some enrolments may be short term.