Autism: Children:Written question - 194059

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Asked on: 21 November 2018
Department for Education
Autism: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the change in the number of children requiring autism support since the commencement of the Children and Families Act 2014.
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Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 26 November 2018

We publish the number and proportion of pupils with special educational needs (SEN), including the type of need in the annual ‘SEN in England’ statistical release:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-special-educational-needs-sen.

Pupils with SEN are recorded according to their primary type of need. Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is included as a type of need.

The table below shows a breakdown of the number of pupils with ASD as their primary type of need from 2015 to 2018 (as at January each year):

2015

2016

2017

2018

SEN support

36,530

42,801

47,571

53,546

Statements of SEN & education, health and care plans

54,245

57,211

60,832

66,363

Total

90,775

100,012

108,403

119,909

Source: School Census

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