Freedom of information response

Private Special needs school

Publication date: 
Friday 7 February 2020
Request: 

Please note the following definition: A private special needs school means not an academy, free school or local authority school. Instead it is a privately-run institution with fees, sometimes a charity and sometimes profit-making, usually for pupils on SEN Support or with an Education Health and Care Plan or other special educational need recognition. The definition does not include pupil referral units or alternative provision for excluded pupils.

1. How many pupil places did the local authority fund in private special educational needs schools in the academic years 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20?

2. How much money did the local authority spend in total on funding pupil places in private special educational needs schools in the academic years 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20?

3. How many pupil places did the local authority fund in state-run, non-fee paying special needs schools in the academic years 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20? (i.e. in local authority-run special needs schools or special needs academy/free schools)

4. How much did the local authority spend in total on funding pupils in state-run, non-fee paying special needs schools in the academic years 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20? (i.e. in local authority-run special needs schools or special needs academy/free schools)

5. If there has been an increase or decrease in number of pupils in private special needs schools, please provide any reasons for this change.

Please provide at least the last 3 years of available data. 

Response: 

Please see attached document Appendix A.

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Request reference:
FOI 9712