SEN in England data release – the headlines

he government have issued the full set of data relating to Special Educational Needs in England. This release combines information from the school census, school level annual school census, general hospital school census and alternative provision census on pupils with SEN. The data was release on 16th June 2022, and relates to academic year 2021/22.

The headlines show:

  • EHCPs up from 3.7% to 4%
  • Almost 1 in 3 of all pupils with an EHCP have Autism as a primary need
  • SEN Support up from 12.2% to 12.6%
  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs remains the most common type of need for SEN support
  • Pupils with EHCP and SEN Support have a significantly higher percentage of FSM, 39.7% and 36.4% versus 22.5% overall.
  • SEN is identified as more prevalent in the Traveller or Irish Heritage ethnic group