The DfE has released their report summarising the information collected in the January 2016 School Census.
Key points from the report:
- More children are attending school (121,000 more compared to the previous year) and are being taught in larger than average schools but with less children being educated in large classes
- The overall number of schools has decreased due to the decrease in PRUs and independent schools but there are more state funded primary and secondary schools
- The number of children eligible for FSM has fallen
- The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups has continued to rise as has the number of pupils recorded as speaking English as an additional language
The number and proportion of pupils classified with SEN continues to reduce (as it has done since 2010) whilst the number of children with EHCPs or Statements remains at a consistent level. This can be partly explained by changes to classification in 2015.