An analysis by FFT Education Datalab followed the first cohort of pupils to be admitted to Reception under the new Code of Practice in 2014/15 all the way through to the end of year 7 in 2021/22.
This cohort consists of around 647,000 pupils, covering state mainstream, special and alternative provision schools.
It finds that 9.5% of pupils were classified as having SEN (both EHCPs and School Support) in Reception. This figure increases to 19.3% in year 6 before falling back to 18.3% in year 7.
It means that by the end of year 7, 29.1% of the pupils had been classified as SEN (36% of boys and 22% of girls) during their school career to date.
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