SEN Costs - Summer Born v Autumn Born 2011-2012 & 2012-2013

Michelle Melson made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Education

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Dear Department for Education,

Could you please provide the following information for years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 respectively:

1) SUMMER BORN SEN WITHOUT STATEMENT & COSTS
The percentage of summer-born pupils with birthdays between 1 July – 31 August with SEN without statement by age and gender in a) maintained primary schools and b) state-funded secondary schools and the financial cost to government by way of funding Local Authorities in relation to providing additional support for these pupils in a) maintained primary schools and b) state-funded secondary schools.

2) AUTUMN BORN SEN WITHOUT STATEMENT & COSTS
The percentage of autumn-born pupils with birthdays between 1 September – 31 October with SEN without statement by age and gender in a) maintained primary schools and b) state-funded secondary schools and the cost to government by way of funding to Local Authorities in relation to providing additional support for these pupils in a) maintained primary schools and b) state-funded secondary schools .

3) SUMMER BORN SEN WITH STATEMENT & COSTS
The percentage of summer-born pupils with birthdays between 1 July – 31 August with SEN with statement by age and gender in a) maintained primary schools and b) state-funded secondary schools and the financial cost to government by way of funding to Local Authorities in relation to providing additional support for these pupils in a) maintained primary schools and b) state-funded secondary schools.

4) AUTUMN BORN SEN WITH STATEMENT & COSTS
The percentage of autumn-born pupils with birthdays between 1 September – 31 October with SEN with statement by age and gender in a) maintained primary schools and b) state-funded secondary schools and the costs to government by way of funding to Local Authorities in relation to providing additional support for these pupils in a) maintained primary schools and b) state-funded secondary schools.

5) PRIMARY TYPE OF NEED - SEN WITHOUT STATEMENT
The percentage of pupils by gender and their age in reception class or age in Year 7 at the start of the academic year with each primary type of need listed below with SEN without statement in a) maintained primary schools and b) state-funded secondary schools;
• Specific Learning Difficulty
• Moderate Learning Difficulty
• Severe Learning Difficulty
• Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulty
• Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulty
• Speech Language and Communication Difficulty
• Hearing Impairment
• Visual Impairment
• Multi-Sensory Impairment
• Physical Disability
• Autistic Spectrum Disorder
• Other Difficulty/Disability

6) PRIMARY TYPE OF NEED - SEN WITH STATEMENT
The percentage of pupils by gender and their age in reception class or age in Year 7 at the start of the academic year with each primary type of need listed below with SEN with statement in a) maintained primary schools and b) state-funded secondary schools;
• Specific Learning Difficulty
• Moderate Learning Difficulty
• Severe Learning Difficulty
• Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulty
• Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulty
• Speech Language and Communication Difficulty
• Hearing Impairment
• Visual Impairment
• Multi-Sensory Impairment
• Physical Disability
• Autistic Spectrum Disorder
• Other Difficulty/Disability

Yours faithfully,

Michelle Melson

Department for Education

Dear Ms Melson

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2013/0055092

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Department for Education

Dear Ms Melson
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 09 September 2013. You requested information
on summer and autumn born children with SEN with and without statements by school type, the cost to the
Government by way of funding Local Authorities in relation to providing additional support, and information by
Primary type of need. I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”). 

The Department does not have data available on the cost by way of funding in relation to providing additional
SEN support available for summer and autumn born pupils

The Department does hold information on pupils’ date of birth, SEN status, primary need, gender, and school
type. However, the Department estimates that the cost of complying with your request would exceed the cost
threshold applicable to central Government. This is £600 and represents the estimated cost of one person
spending 3½ working days locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

However, if you were to make a new request for a narrower category of information or limit the scope of your
request, the Department may be able to comply with your request within the cost limit, although I cannot
guarantee that this will be the case. 

Alternatively, you might like to consider making an application to the Department for an extract from the
National Pupil Database. The Department may be able to provide an anonymised child-level extract which would
allow you to produce the analyses yourself.

To request an extract of the national pupil database or linked data, you will need to complete the data
request / linked data request form and information security questionnaire.

You will also have to demonstrate that you comply with all relevant requirements of the Data Protection Act
1998, including that you:

* Or your organisation are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office to process personal data or
fall within an appropriate exemption
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* Intend to use the data only for the specified purpose
* Will keep the data only for the specified length of time
* Will not further disclose the data.

You will be expected to sign an agreement to confirm this. For access to the most sensitive data, you will
also need to submit a business case and provide additional information about your security arrangements. We
may also inspect and audit the security arrangements in place.

You should provide as much information in the forms as possible, including the nature of your proposed use of
the data and details of all colleagues who will work with the data. This will help the department deal with
your request efficiently.

For more information about how to apply for access to the data, please visit:

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Yours sincerely

Graham Knox
Children and Early Years Data Unit
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