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Information by school sector and local authority for April 2022 to March 2023.

Main points

  • Total expenditure on SEN provision in schools by local authorities is budgeted to be £494 million, an increase of £36.6 million or 8.0% 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 43% of the total.  The remaining 30% is non-delegated money held centrally by local authorities.
  • Wrexham and Denbighshire delegate the largest proportion of their SEN budget to their schools at 84%, whilst Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil delegate the smallest proportion at 53%.
  • Total SEN expenditure per pupil for Wales is budgeted to be £1,080.  This consists of £761 delegated expenditure per pupil and £319 non-delegated expenditure per pupil.
  • Merthyr Tydfil has the largest SEN budget per pupil at £1,402, whilst Monmouthshire has the smallest SEN budget per pupil at £812.


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