The figure, published in a study from UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, is notable because it is much higher than would appear to be the case from official annual statistics.
The UCL research looked at SEN status across school according to social care provision and included data from 475,363 children who started year 1 in 2005.
It found that of the 6,240 children who ever entered the care system during their school years, 83 per cent received provision for SEN at some point between the age of five and 16 years.
Almost a quarter received an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) – or, previously, a statement of SEN.
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