Last week, the DfE released statistics and analysis on statements of special educational needs (SEN) and education, health and care (EHC) plans in England. The full statistical release can be found here and a summary of the key figures is given below.
- The total number of statements and EHC plans continues to increase, with a combined total of 287,290 maintained by local authorities as at January 2017 - an increase of 30,975 (12.1%) compared with the number as at January 2016.
- Of these, 175,233 were for Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans and
- 112,057 were for statements of special educational needs (SEN).
- Children aged 11-15 years old accounted for the largest percentage (39.2%) of children and young people with statements and/or EHC plans as at January 2017.
- There were 36,094 children and young people with new EHC plans made during the 2016 calendar year. Of these, 44.8% were aged 5-10 years old.
- Of the new EHC plans made during the 2016 calendar year (excluding cases where exceptions apply), 58.6% were issued within the 20 week time limit, a decrease from 59.2% in 2015.