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Education: Special Educational Needs

Volume 715: debated on Tuesday 1 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether central statistics are kept of trends over the past five years regarding children with a statement of special education needs. [HL8]

Information is collected on the characteristics of pupils with a statement of special educational needs through the school census returns made by schools to the department. The pupil characteristic data collected include indicators relating to gender, ethnic group, home postcode and type of special educational need. Details of the items collected in 2009 are available on Teachernet at

School census data are transferred to the National Pupil Database which enables further analysis e.g. by attainment.