Statements rise for under-fives

29th June 2001 at 01:00
The number of children in Wales with a statement of special educational needs rose by just over 250 last year, bringing the total to 17,415 in January 2001. But the number newly assessed as requiring a statement fell by 200 to 2,154. More than a fifth of new statements went to pupils under five last year, compared with only 8 per cent in 1994.

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