There are some 1.2 million children in England identified as having special educational needs. But the number of those attending a mainstream primary or secondary in England fell by 24 per cent between 2012 and 2019, according to an analysis of Department for Education figures by the JPI Media Data Unit. iNews reports.
At the same time, the number attending designated special schools rose by almost a third over the same period. In the case of one local authority – North East Lincolnshire – the number of Sen children in mainstream secondary schools fell by 63 per cent.
By contrast, Scotland has seen a sharp rise in the number of children with additional learning needs in mainstream schools after the Scottish government launched a drive for greater inclusion. In Wales and Northern Ireland, where education policy is also devolved, the number in mainstream schools has remained stable at about 22 per cent.
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