The state of SEN in England 2014 – an infographic

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.

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Tania Tirraoro

Founder, CEO at Special Needs Jungle
Founder of Special Needs Jungle. Parent of two young adults with autism. Tania is a member of the Whole School SEND Expert Reference Group for SEND Leadership, the Ofsted SEND Inspections Stakeholders Group, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Royal Holloway, University of London Centre of Gene and Cell Therapy.
She is also an experienced broadcast and print journalist & author. Tania also runs a PR, web & social media consultancy, SocialOro Media. She is a Rare Disease & chronic pain patient advocate with Ehlers Danlos syndrome.
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