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Latest data shows a significant increase in the number of Statements of SEN and EHC plans in England

Figures released by the Department of Education show a "dramatic" rise in the number of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) accessing early education.

Whilst the numbers have been gradually rising since 2010 latest data shows a 11.3% rise in the 12 months to January 2018.

Children aged 11-15 years old accounted for the largest percentage of children and young people with statements (46.8%), EHC plans (35.5%) and for combined statements and EHC plans (36.7%).

Commentators are warning that the escalation in these numbers is leading to a funding crisis in the sector with local authority budgets now stretched to the limit.

 Read the full data release here