Reporting Year 2020

Education, health and care plans

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This publication provides data on the number of children and young people with a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or education, health and care (EHC) plan in England. The publication also provides data on the administration of statements of SEN and EHC plans.

Data is presented for both the caseload as at January 2020, for example number of EHC plans, and for activity during the 2019 calendar year, for example number of new EHC plans in the calendar year.

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Headline facts and figures - 2020

The total number of EHC plans has continued to increase

There were 390,100 children and young people with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans maintained by local authorities as at January 2020. This is an increase of 36,100 (10%) from 2019. The total number of children and young people with statements of special educational needs (SEN) or EHC plans has increased each year since 2010.

The number of new EHC plans made in the calendar year has also continued to increase

There were 53,900 children and young people with new EHC plans made during the 2019 calendar year. This is an increase of 10% compared to 2018. The number of new EHC plans has increased each year since their introduction in 2014.

The proportion of new plans issued within 20 weeks has remained stable

In 2019, 60.4% of new EHC plans were issued within 20 weeks. This shows a small increase from 2018, when 60.1% of new EHC plans were issued within the 20 week time limit.

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