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Seven in ten looked after children have special educational needs

Looked after children four times more likely than others to have SEN

An analysis of children with special educational needs, recently published by the Department for Education, shows that 67.8% of the children looked after for at least a year at 31 March 2013 in the school population had SEN, compared to 17.9% of all pupils in January 2014. Looked after children are almost four times more likely to have SEN and around ten times more likely to have statements than all pupils.

45% of looked after children with SEN achieved the expected level in mathematics (up from 42% in 2011/12), 38% achieved the expected level in writing (up from 35% in 2011/12) and 50% achieved the expected level in reading (down from 52% in 2011/12). This is worse than for all pupils with SEN where the equivalent figures are 56% in mathematics, 47% in writing and 58% in reading. 

11.7% of looked after children with SEN achieved the standard (of attaining 5+ GCSEs at A*-C or equivalent including English and mathematics) compared to 23.4% of all pupils with SEN. 40.1% of looked after children with no SEN achieved the standard compared to 70.4% of all pupils.

The statistical release is here.

7/9/14