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Budgeted expenditure on Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision

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  • Release date: 28 June 2018
  • Period covered: 2018-19
  • Next update: June 2019
An annual report which includes information by school sector and local authority.

Key points

  • Total expenditure on SEN provision is budgeted to be £381 million, an increase of £8.8 million or 2.4% compared with the previous year.
  • 27% of the total budgeted SEN expenditure is delegated to special schools. Notional allocations within nursery, primary, middle and secondary schools account for a further 46% of the total. The remaining 27% is non-delegated 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 56%.
  • Total SEN expenditure per pupil for Wales is budgeted to be £844. This consists of £617 delegated expenditure per pupil and £227 non-delegated expenditure per pupil.
  • Blaenau Gwent has the largest SEN budget per pupil at £1,107, whilst the Rhondda Cynon Taf has the smallest SEN budget per pupil at £639.


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