DfE SEN data and analysis

Statistics and analysis on statements of special educational needs (SEN) and education, health and care (EHC) plans in England.

Analysis and links to data sources on children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) in England.

June 2016

DfE have published the SEN2 data, and for the first year ever, a summary alongside.  It provides a range of data across local authorities (LAs), for example:

  • Numbers of statements/Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)
  • Where children with EHCPs/statements are educated
  • Relative performance of LAs in respect of timescales
  • Uptake of personal budgets shown for the first time

When Norfolk is compared with its regional neighbours, the following is of note:

  1. We have the second highest number of statements/EHCPs (of note is the approximately 1,000 additional statements/EHCPs from 2014-15 maintained by Hertfordshire, a pathfinder, which indicates a likely ongoing trend of increasing numbers of EHCPs).
  2. We issued the third highest number of new EHCPs in 2015.
  3. We have the highest percentage of our children placed in the non-maintained or independent sector, (on average 3.9% higher than other authorities in the region) and the lowest percentage (on average 3.5% lower) of children in maintained special schools or special academies/free schools.  We also have the highest rate (over 1% more on average) of children in Alternative Provision (AP) academies. This tells us a great deal about our state funded capacity in Norfolk.
  4. Norfolk had the third poorest performance for EHCP process completed in timescales (10.9%).  Figures nationally show huge variability.  Of note, only five of the 11 East regional LAs had timescale figures of over 50% completion in 20 weeks.
  5. Transfer reviews: Norfolk has the third lowest rate completed, but again the picture is hugely variable.
  6. Norfolk has second highest delivery of Personal Budgets for educational provision regionally.

Of course, all of this is metrics and gives only the quantitative, not the qualitative nor the stories behind it.

We will soon be launching our own feedback survey for all families and young people who go through the 20 week process, which is being developed in full co-production with Family Voice Norfolk.  The experiences of families will be the bedrock on which we base future learning for our approach here in Norfolk.

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