On 13th May, 2021, the Department for Education published their annual statistical summary of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) in England for 2020-21. This publication provides data on children and young people with an education, health and care (EHC) plan in England and, historically, for those with a statement of special educational needs (SEN).

Data is presented for both the caseload as at January 2021, for example the number of EHC plans, and for activity during the 2020 calendar year, for example the number of new EHC plans in the calendar year.

As such, this is the first publication in the series that covers the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

There are currently 430,697 EHCPs in England, an increase of 10% from 2020, on which 60,097 are new EHCPs (increase of 11% from 2019).