How many children have SEND? The question posed in the recent article from the Educatoin Policy Institute.
The initial research has found that nearly 40% of pupils are considered to have Special Educational Needs (SEN) or a disability at some point during their school career. Also of interest, is that not all children remain within this definition for their whole time in school.
If you believe your child has SEND and requires additional support you should ask your child's school about an Education Health and Care Plan. For more advice please contact us or see our factsheets.
There is a striking difference between the percentage of children who have SEND in a given year group (at one point in time) and the percentage of children who have ever had SEND in that year group or previously. While a maximum of 23 percent of children in the 2016 cohort had SEND at any one time (the peak was in Year 5 when they were aged ten), a full 39 percent were recorded with SEND at some point between Reception (age five) and Year 11 (age sixteen). This makes SEND directly relevant to four in ten children, or twelve per class of thirty on average.