Key Facts: High needs provision in FE

View the latest data on post-16 specialist further education

Key Facts: High needs provision in FE

Natspec has collated some of the latest data on SEND in further education covering key trends, such as:

  • The number of 16 to 19-year olds with an Education, Health and Care Plan has increased by 13% since 2017, and the number of 20-25 year olds has increased by 84%
  • There are now over 47,000 students aged 16 to 25 funded through the high needs system.  Over 29,000 of these are educated in colleges, specialist colleges and independent learning providers.
  • There are over half a million students in Further Education with a self-declared learning difficulty or disability
  • Since 2017, there have been 28 providers approved as new specialist colleges.
  • Natspec colleges educate over 4,000 students, and over 91% of students are in colleges judged Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.