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Budgeted expenditure on Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision

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  • Release date: 24 June 2015
  • Period covered: 2015-16
An annual report which includes information by school sector and local authority.

Key points

  • Total expenditure on SEN provision is budgeted to be £356 million, a decrease of £0.8 million or 0.2% compared with the previous year.
  • Delegated expenditure to special schools accounts for 25% of the total budgeted SEN expenditure.  Notional allocations within nursery, primary, middle and secondary schools account for a further 47% of the total.  The remaining 28% is made up of money held centrally by local authorities.
  • Denbighshire delegates the largest proportion of their SEN budget to their schools at 90%, whilst Caerphilly delegates the smallest proportion at 52%.
  • Total SEN expenditure per pupil for Wales is budgeted to be £789.  This is made up of delegated expenditure at £567 per pupil and non-delegated expenditure at £222 per pupil.
  • Isle of Anglesey has the largest SEN budget per pupil at £1,059, whilst Torfaen has the smallest SEN budget per pupil at £579.


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