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Budgeted expenditure on Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision

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  • Release date: 29 June 2017
  • Period covered: 2017-18
  • Next update: 28 June 2018
An annual report which includes information by school sector and local authority.

Key points

  • Total expenditure on SEN provision is budgeted to be £373 million, an increase of £11.0 million or 3% compared with the previous year.
  • 26% 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 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 56%.
  • Total SEN expenditure per pupil for Wales is budgeted to be £825.  This consists of £600 delegated expenditure per pupil and £225 non-delegated expenditure per pupil.
  • Blaenau Gwent has the largest SEN budget per pupil at £1,068, whilst the Vale of Glamorgan has the smallest SEN budget per pupil at £634.


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