Statements of SEN and EHC Plans for England 2010-2016

This statistical first release (SFR) from the Department for Education provides data on statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans in England. This is the second full year’s data since the implementation of the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms in September 2014.

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Total Plans

In January 2016, over 256,000 children and young people had a statement or EHC Plan. This is an increase of over 6% in comparison with 2015, and this number has increased every year since 2010. The increase in 2016 was greater than seen in previous years. With regard to the type of plan, in January 2016 over 74,000 children and young people had an EHC plan and over 182,000 had a statement of SEN.

New Plans

For the first time in the seven years of trend data, no new statements were created in the 2016 calendar year, in line with the SEND reforms of September 2014. Over 36,000 children and young people had new EHC plans made in 2016, which represents an increase of over 29% when comparing the number of new statements and EHC plans made in 2015.


In January 2016, the majority of children with a statement or EHC plan attended LA maintained (state-funded) special schools (over 81,000 pupils) and LA maintained mainstream schools (around 65,000 pupils). When looking at the number of new EHC plans made in 2016, the largest number of new plans was made in maintained mainstream schools, which accounted for around 40% of new plans.

Age Groups

In 2016, children aged 11-15 years made up the largest proportion of combined statements and EHC plans, as they have done consistently for the previous six years. However, when looking at EHC plans alone, 5-10 year olds take the lead. This is possibly due to the fact that this age group are more likely to have come in post-reform, meaning they would have received an EHC plan as opposed to a statement. When looking at the number of new EHC plans made in 2016, children aged 5-10 make up around 45% of the total, followed by under 5s (approximately 25%) and children aged 11-15 (approximately 22%).


You can view numerous performance measures by SEN status on our Post-16 LPUK Datadashboard , under ‘Closing the gap’. Click here to find out more information about the Post-16 LPUK Datadashboard.

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