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(UK) Sutton: Continued increases in special needs students; AUTISM a big factor

Sept 13, 2018, Sutton Guardian: Pupils with SEN in Sutton requiring extra support at 11-year high http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/16858354.pupils-with-sen-in-sutton-requiring-extra-support-at-11-year-high/ The number of children and young people across Sutton needing additional special educational needs (SEN) support is the highest it has been in 11 years. Official data for 2018 shows there are 1,318 pupils across Sutton who require extra help – a year-on-year increase since 2014 – according to the Department for Education (DfE). But those who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan or statement, based on where they go to school, is the most since 2007. It comes as the number of pupils with SEN has risen for a second consecutive year in England, from 1.24 million to 1.27 million. And 253,680 children and young people across the country have a statement of SEN, or EHC, which is an increase of 11,495 since January last year. The most common primary types of need have also remained the same from 2017. Moderate learning difficulty is the most prevalent for additional needs support, at 24 percent, while 28.2 percent of those with an EHC plan or statement have autism spectrum disorder…