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Information by school sector and local authority for April 2020 to March 2021.

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Total expenditure on SEN provision in schools by local authorities is budgeted to be £433 million, an increase of £28.0 million or 6.9% compared with the previous year.

28% of the total budgeted SEN expenditure is delegated to special schools. Notional allocations within nursery, primary, middle and secondary schools account for a further 44% of the total. The remaining 29% is non-delegated money held centrally by local authorities.

Denbighshire delegates the largest proportion of their SEN budget to their schools at 88%, whilst Caerphilly delegates the smallest proportion at 52%.

Total SEN expenditure per pupil for Wales is budgeted to be £951(r). This consists of £679(r) delegated expenditure per pupil and £272 non-delegated expenditure per pupil.

Merthyr Tydfil has the largest SEN budget per pupil at £1,208, whilst Rhondda Cynon Taf has the smallest SEN budget per pupil at £739.

(r) Revised on 16 July 2021.


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