This article highlights the higher incidences of Special Educational Needs ("SEN") in children who are looked after.
Children identified with SEN require additional support, and the first step in this process is to identify the needs and provide for these, as early as possible. An Education Health and Care ("EHC") needs assessment is a good way to begin this process and an EHC Plan details and protects that provision in a specified school.
The fact that these children are also much more likely to be excluded further demonstrates that their needs are not being met. It is therefore important that appropriate provision is put in place, as early as possible, in order to support these children and their access to education.
3. Less than a third (32 per cent) of looked-after children left primary school having met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths in 2017 This compares with 61 per cent of all children. However, this gap narrows when SEN pupils are removed; 57 per cent of looked-after children with no SEN reach the expected standard by the end of primary school, compared with 70 per cent of non looked-after children who do not have SEN. 4. Looked-after children are far more likely to have a special educational need (SEN) aged 11 Nearly three fifths (59 per cent) of looked-after children are classed as having SEN, compared with 17 per cent of non looked-after children.