National Statistics on statements of SEN and EHC plans released
June 15, 2017
The Department for Education (DfE) has released statistics on statements and educational, health and care plans (EHC plans). The statistics are taken from the statutory annual special educational needs (SEN) survey completed by local authorities earlier this year. The release includes details on:
the number of statements of SEN and EHC plans in place at January 2017
the number of EHC plans made for the first time during the 2016 calendar year
developments with transferring statements of SEN and learning difficulty assessments to EHC plans
As at January 2017, there were 175,233 children and young people with statutory EHC plans and 112,057 children and young people with statements of SEN maintained by local authorities. The overall figure of 287,290young people with either an EHC plan or statement of SEN represents an increase of 30,975 when compared to January 2016. This overall total has increased each year since 2010.
The department has also released updated statutory guidance on Performance scales, commonly referred to as P-scales. The guidance specifies performance attainment targets and performance descriptors for pupils aged 5 to 16 with SEN who are working below the standard of the national curriculum tests and assessments.
The DfEis also seeking views on the recommendations for assessing pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum tests. The consultation closes on 22 June 2017.