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This page shows key data relating to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Sandwell. The Department for Education publishes this data every year for every local authority. However, if you feel we should add more information please contact us.

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Number of students with SEND in Sandwell

The total population for all pupils in Sandwell schools was 61,809 in January 2021.

The percentage of pupils attending a Sandwell school with EHCP / Statements in 2021 was 3.11% (compared with England at 3.65%). This has increased by 0.8% since 2015.

The percentage of pupils receiving SEN Support was 12.3% in 2021 (compared with England at 12.15%)

(Source - Department for Education School Census 2021)

Type of Special Educational Need and Disability

The chart below shows the number of children recorded by Sandwell schools (excluding Independent Schools) within each category of special educational need and disability.

Key for chart: ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder, HI - Hearing Impairment, MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulties, MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment, PD - Physical Disability, PMLD - Profound and Multiple Difficulties, SLD - Severe Learning Difficulties, SPLD - Specific Learning Difficulties (inc Dyslexia), SEMH - Social Emotional and Mental Health, SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Needs, VI - Visual Impairment

(Source - Department for Education School Census 2021)

Education, Health and Care Plans issued within 20 weeks

Sandwell issues a significant majority of its EHC plans within 20 weeks. Out of 319 EHC plans issued in 2020, 69.3% of these were issued within 20 weeks. This is a good deal higher than the rest of England which recorded a rate of 55.6% 

(Source - Department for Education, 2021)

Mediation and Tribunals

The chart below shows the number of mediation cases and mediation cases which were followed by appeal to tribunal. 

The numbers of cases that go to mediation and tribunal are very low compared to other local authorities.

The slight increase reflects the overall increase of new EHCP requests / transfers from statements received by the SEN Service.