Special Educational Needs

Education and Skills written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Labour, Blackpool South

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school-aged children have had a dual placement in both a special school and a mainstream school in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners)

The available information on the number of pupils of compulsory school age with dual registration status is given in the table.

Pupils who are dually registered at two schools will generally spend more time at one school (dual "main" registration) than at the other (dual "subsidiary" registration). A detailed breakdown of dual registrations is not available from all school types.

Maintained primary, secondary and all special schools, pupil referral units and independent schools number of dually registered pupils. Position in January each year: 2002 to 2006—England
Headcount of pupils aged five to 15( 1)
Maintained primary and secondary schools( 2) Maintained special schools (excluding general hospital) General hospital schools Non-maintained special schools Pupil referral units Independent schools
Dual (Main) Dual (Subsidiary) Dual (Main) Dual (Subsidiary) Dual( 4) Dual (Main) Dual (Subsidiary) Dual( 4) Dual( 4)
2002(3) (5) (5) 600 580 870 10 (5) 4,920 (5)
2003 1,050 610 870 570 950 10 n/a 5,370 (5)
2004 3,060 1,130 900 980 870 10 n/a 7,130 (5)
2005 2,390 1,470 850 1,040 890 10 10 7,870 (5)
2006 3,970 1,810 1,010 1,180 930 10 10 8,160 (5)
n/a = Not available.

(1) Age at the start of the school year.

(2) Includes middle schools as deemed.

(3) Due to differences and changes in the underlying data collection, the number of pupils with dual subsidiary registration are not available for non-maintained special schools for 2002, and general hospital schools for all years.

(4) Includes both main and subsidiary dual registrations.

(5) One or two pupils.


Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.


Schools' Census

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