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Data Provider: Welsh Government Experimental Statistics Eligibility for free school meals and special educational needs of children receiving care and support by measure and year
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[Collapse]Child StatusChildren in the census have been divided into three status categories for reporting, as follows: - Children who are looked after, who may also be on the child protection register - Children who are on the child protection register, but not looked after - Other children receiving care and support, who are neither looked after, nor on the child protection register.[Filtered]
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Percentage of children with eligibilty for free school mealsAged 5-15 at the start of the academic year. Pupils are entitled to free school meals if their families receive Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance or Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 or the guarantee element of State Pension Credit.  They are also eligible if their parents are in receipt of Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (IR).  Employment and Support Allowance is an integrated contributory and income related allowance and replaced, for new claimants, Incapacity and Income Support, where it is paid on the grounds of incapacity and sickness.  Children who receive Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals.  Children whose families are in receipt of Child Tax Credit, providing they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual income, as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs that does4,2218,980474,2309,152464,3689,48846
Percentage of children with special educational needs subject to school action or school action plusAged 5-15 at the start of the academic year.<br /><br />School Action: When a class or subject teacher identifies that a pupil has SEN they provide interventions that are additional to or different from those provided as part of the school’s usual curriculum.<br /><br />School Action Plus: When the class or subject teacher and the SEN Co-ordinator are provided with advice or support from outside specialists, so that alternative interventions additional or different to those provided for the pupil through School Action can be put in place. The SEN Co-ordinator usually takes the lead although day-to-day provision continues to be the responsibility of the class or subject teacher.3,6538,980413,7319,152413,7809,48840
Percentage of children with a statement of special educational needsAged 5-15 at the start of the academic year. Pupils for whom the LA maintains a statement of SEN under Part IV of the Education Act 1996. A statement may be issued by the LA after assessment of a child’s needs.2,4688,980272,4739,152272,5089,48826

Metadata

Title

Education of children receiving care and support at 31 March by child status, gender and local authority

Last update

18 March 2020 18 March 2020

Next update

Autumn 2021 (provisional)

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Children Receiving Care and Support Census

Contact email

stats.pss@gov.wales

Designation

Experimental statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local authorities

Geographical coverage

Wales

Languages covered

English and Welsh

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence

General description

Information on education, for children receiving care and support, has not yet been updated. The Pupil Level Annual School Census (PLASC) data collection for 2021 has not yet taken place, which is due to the pandemic. However, the PLASC data collection will be undertaken during the summer term and the education data will be updated on StatsWales in the autumn.

The Census collected individual records on all children receiving care and support, including those looked after by a local authority, who had an open case with a local authority on the 31 March that had been open for the three months from 1 January to 31 March.

For each child in the Census, the Unique Pupil Number was collected to allow anonymous matching of children in the relevant age groups with the National Pupil Database.

Only pupils attending local authority maintained schools have been included in the analysis. Children who were Educated Other Than At school (EOTAS) have been excluded, and Independent schools are not required to provide the data at pupil level.


Data collection and calculation

Anonymised individual child level data is extracted from local authority administrative systems and returned electronically to the Data Collection team within the Welsh Government using an online secure data transfer system called 'AFON'. The AFON system applies an extensive series of validation checks to ensure that the information provided uses the correct codes and is internally consistent.

Frequency of publication

Annual

Data reference periods

Data are shown at 31 March for each year.

Users, uses and context

Please find this information in the related statistical publication, as per the given weblink.

Statistical quality

Please find this information in the related statistical publication, as per the given weblink.

Keywords

Children; Children receiving care and support; Free school meals; Special Education needs

Name

CARE0145