Last week the Department for Education published the latest statistics about SEN in England. I've chosen a few of them and made them into this little infographic.
This is the online, interactive version that reveals more when you hover over some parts of it, I've added add a link to an image version at the end if you want to download it for yourself.
Of course, these figures relate to the system that has now changed - for example the huge figures for the BESD, Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties, belong to a category that no longer exists. It's now, Emotional, Social & Mental Health Difficulties. According to the new Code of Practice, many of these children may not have actual SEN, but difficulties related to other circumstances such as, for example, a difficult home life and be in need of other types of help.
It is, it seems, down to the teaching staff (who may have no skills in this area) to root out the cause of a child's emotional or social problems that are affecting their learning and find them the right help such as, perhaps a nurture group.
But that is not reflected below. An infographic is just a snapshot. The full figures, including area breakdowns, are linked at the bottom.
What are your views? Add what you think in the comments.
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