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The facts

JSENSE began by researching the needs and numbers of children with special educational needs (SEN) in the Greater Manchester area.
 
WHAT DID WE FIND?
 
  • There were estimated to be 6500 Jewish schoolchildren in Greater Manchester
  • There would shortly be approximately 900 pupils with SEN in the Jewish schools against the recent 790 on the SEN Register (Statemented, School Action and Action Plus, non-statemented), which from the national data implies a ratio of 14% against the 10% national average. 
  • There is direct correlation between the growth in pupil numbers and the increased number of SEN children with or without statements of special educational needs. 
  • With the proposed education legislation requiring pupils to stay on at school until they are 18 years of age the proportionate number of pupils shown to have SEN will be greater.
  • Within the Orthodox community some of these young people will continue their education by attending yeshiva or seminary 
  • The latest  2011 census confirms that the UK Jewish population has become younger overall which is a significant turnaround from the 2001 census where the Jewish population was aging.The census also found that there are 7105 Jewish children age 0-15 in the greater Manchester area  (these figures obviously include children not yet at school)
  • The growth of pupils at nursery level in the Salford area, while fluctuating year on year, is increasing and this growth will permeate in time throughout the higher age groups, bringing about a rise of up to 20% in Jewish pupil numbers. 
  • The steady growth in secondary school pupil numbers indicate the movement of Jewish families into the Salford area, which is reflected in the 3% increase year on year of pupils between 12 and 16 years. The figures for Bury also show the same pattern of increase in pupil numbers coming through the age groups over the next few years as the Orthodox community increasingly spread into Bury.
  • 50% of the Jewish schools in the Greater Manchester area are independent and receive no automatic funding for children with special educational needs unless they have a statement( ie are at the high need end of the spectrum)

 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR JEWISH CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS?
 
  • Without additional support they will not  reach their full potential at school and could have difficulty obtaining employment or have difficulty coping socially
  • By offering support to these children we can help them achieve their full potential