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Children: Disability

Education written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education

(1) how many (a) deafblind and (b) multi-sensory impaired children with a statement have been provided with intervenor support in each of the last five years;

(2) how many (a) deafblind and (b) multi-sensory impaired children received a statutory assessment in each of the last five years;

(3) how many children (a) are deafblind (b) have another form of multi-sensory impairment in England.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

The school census collects information on pupils with different types of special educational needs. It includes a category for ‘multi-sensory impairment’ but not a separate category for ‘deafblind’.

In January 2011, the school census showed that there were 935 pupils with multi-sensory impairment as their primary type of need who were receiving support through either School Action Plus or through a statement of special educational needs.

Information on the number of children with multi-sensory impairment who received a statutory assessment, and the numbers provided with intervenor support is not held centrally.

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