SEN data from the January 2017 census is released

The DfE has published its annual summary of data on SEN Support and Education Health and Care Plans across England, based on the codings in the schools census from January 2017. The summary shows few changes from the previous year, suggesting a possible stability in the system.

Amongst the headline data are the following:
 - the overall percentage of children and young people with SEN remains at 14.4%, following a six years of downward trend
 - the proportion of SEN Support and EHCPs remains the same (11.6% and 2.8% respectively)
 -  the 'primary need' in each category remains the same (for SEN Support, MLD, at 25.2% and for EHCPs, ASD, at 26.9%)
 - there has been an increase in the number of children and young people with EHCPs attending special schools rather than mainstream schools (from 42.9% in 2016 to 43.8% in 2017)
 -  independent schools seem to be identifying more children and young people with SEN
 - pupils with SEN are more likely to be eligible for Free School Meals than pupils with no SEN (26.6% of pupils eligible for FSM also have SEN, compared to 11.8% of pupils with no SEN)
 - within the SEN + FSM category, most pupils are identified as having 'SEMH'

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