Early Years Foundation Stage pupils with SEN are far less likely to achieve good development at school than their peers. Figures for 2009, released by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), show that only 15.4 per cent of pupils with SEN (both those with and without a statement of SEN) achieved a good level of development, compared to 55.5 per cent of pupils with no identified SEN.
The figures have prompted renewed criticism of the education system over its poor performance for children with SEN. Amanda Batten of the National Autistic Society said: “These shockingly bad results provide a damning indictment of how children with SEN are supported at school. It is truly saddening to see how far behind their peers they are, particularly at this crucial stage in their lives.”
The full DCSF results are available at: