July 30, 2017, (UK) Grimsby Telegraph: Pupils in Special Education Needs on the rise in Grimsby area http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/pupils-special-education-needs-rise-255273 The rise is one of the biggest increases seen anywhere in the country North East Lincolnshire has seen one of the biggest rises in pupils with special needs across England. As of January this year, there were 3,072 pupils with Special Education Needs (SEN) in the local authority, or 12.8 per cent of the total number of pupils. That’s 327 more than there were in January 2016, when there were 2,745 SEN pupils – 11.4 per cent of the total. It’s one of the biggest increases seen anywhere in the country. Some 494 of these have an official statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, which describes a pupil’s special educational, health and social care needs. This explains any extra help they might need, and from there a plan is drawn up by the local authority about how to address their needs. A further 2,578 are on SEN support. This means that extra or different help is given as part of the school’s usual curriculum, but the pupil does not have a statement or EHC plan. The number of pupils with special needs has increased across England.