Special Educational Needs: Disadvantaged

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 28th April 2009.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which (a) special and (b) mainstream schools more than 50 per cent. of pupils were on free school meals, more than four per cent. of pupils were children in care, and more than 20 per cent. of pupils had statements of special educational needs in the last period for which figures are available.

Photo of Sarah McCarthy-Fry Sarah McCarthy-Fry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families

In January 2008 there were no maintained primary or state-funded secondary schools with more than 50 per cent. of pupils eligible for free school meals and more than 4 per cent. of children in care and more than 20 per cent. of pupils with a statement of special educational need. The requested information on special schools is shown in the following table.

Information on pupils eligible for free school meals includes dually registered pupils. Information on pupils with a statement of special educational needs excludes dually registered pupils. Information on children in care is usually sourced from the looked after children database but this cannot be used to answer this question as it does not identify the school each child attends. However, data on pupils in care are also collected via the School Census.

This census shows that there were 34,390 pupils aged five to 19 attending primary, secondary and special schools classed as being in care as at January 2008. Data published by the Department as SFR 23/2008: Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2008, show 47,600 children aged between five and 19 as being looked after as at 31 March 2008. However the School Census does not cover all looked after children; information is not collected for pupils in alternative provision, including pupil referral units, FE colleges, voluntary provision and those not in education or training. These differences in coverage will explain the different counts to an extent, but it is possible that the School Census undercounts the number of looked after children in primary, secondary and special schools.

The Department is working on a project to match the looked after children database to the national pupil database. If successful this would enable us to produce analysis for looked after children on a range of attainment indicators and characteristics, including information on free school meals and special educational needs. We are hoping to report on the findings including on the robustness of the matching exercise by the end of 2009.

Special schools with more than 50 per cent. of pupils on free school meals( 1) , more than four per cent of pupils who were children in care( 2) and more than 20 per cent. of pupils had statements of special educational needs( 3) —Position in January 2008
Local authority School
Birmingham Springfield House Community Special School
Birmingham Skilts School
Birmingham Hamilton School
Birmingham Victoria School
Birmingham Mayfield School
Blackburn with Darwen Fernhurst Secondary SEBD School
Blackburn with Darwen Crosshill Special School
Bolton Lever Park School
Bromley Burwood School
Camden Chalcot School
Cheshire Capenhurst Grange School
City of Bristol Notton House School
City of Bristol Bristol Gateway School
City of Bristol Woodstock School
City of Nottingham Woodlands School
Croydon Beckmead School
Derbyshire Holly House Special School
Dudley Rosewood School
Durham The Meadows School
Durham Elemore Hall School
Durham Windlestone School
Durham Walworth School
Gateshead Eslington Primary School
Greenwich Waterside School
Greenwich Moatbridge School
Hackney Stormont House School
Hackney Downsview School
Hackney Horizon School
Hammersmith and Fulham Gibbs Green School
Hammersmith and Fulham Cambridge School
Hampshire Lakeside School
Haringey Moselle School
Hillingdon The Willows School
Hounslow The Cedars Primary School
Kensington and Chelsea Parkwood Hall School
Kent NCH Westwood School
Kent Meadows School
Kent Portal House School
Kent Furness School
Kingston upon Hull Teskey King School
Knowsley Knowsley Central Primary Support Centre
Knowsley Highfield School
Knowsley Alt Bridge Secondary Support Centre
Lambeth The Michael Tippett School
Lancashire The Rose School
Leicester Keyham Lodge School
Liverpool Lower Lee School
Liverpool Hope School
Liverpool Ernest Cookson School
Liverpool Redbridge High School
Liverpool Bank View High School
Liverpool Clifford Holroyde Centre of Expertise
Liverpool Palmerston School
Manchester Southern Cross School
Manchester Camberwell Park Community Special School
Manchester Melland High School
Manchester The Birches School
Manchester Meade Hill School
Medway Rivermead School
Middlesbrough Priory Woods School
Middlesbrough Holmwood School
Middlesbrough Tollesby School
Newcastle Trinity School
Norfolk Fred Nicholson School
Northumberland Atkinson House School
Oxfordshire Bessels Leigh School
Reading The Holy Brook School
Redcar and Cleveland Pathways Special School
Rochdale Brownhill School
Salford New Park High School
Sandwell Shenstone Lodge School
Sefton Newfield School
Sheffield Holgate Meadows Community Special School
Solihull Lanchester School
South Tyneside The Galsworthy Centre
Southampton Vermont School
Southampton The Polygon School
Southend-on-Sea Priory School
St. Helens Penkford School
Stockton on Tees King Edwin School
Stockton on Tees Westlands School
Sunderland Springwell Dene School
Surrey Wey House School
Sutton Wandle Valley School
Tower Hamlets The Cherry Trees School
Tower Hamlets Bowden House School
Trafford Egerton High School
Walsall Phoenix Schools
Walsall Elmwood School
Wandsworth Elsley School
Warrington Chaigeley School
Wirral Gilbrook School
Wirral Kilgarth School
Wirral Clare Mount School
Wirral Foxfield School
Wirral Solar School
Wolverhampton Westcroft School and Sports College
(1) Includes dually registered pupils and boarding pupils.

(2) Includes solely and dually registered pupils aged five to 19 classed as being in care. Number of pupils recorded as being in care on the day of the School Census. We know from comparing data from the School Census with data from the DCSF's two main statistical collections on looked after children that there may be a degree of under-reporting in the School Census return of pupils who are looked after.

(3) Excludes dually registered pupils.

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