"Back in July, I queried the valueof the term 'special educational needs' when it was being applied to so many children".
That was how I began a posting here on 14th September, following the publication of an Ofsted report that among other things suggested that the term 'special educational needs' was being too widely applied.
In July I had asked whether it was time to junk the term special educational need, after reading in the parliamentary debate on the Academies Bill that 21% of children "have some form of special educational need".
I wrote then: "It strikes me that if as many as 1 in 5 of our children have 'some form of special educational need' there is something wrong with our perspective on schooling or children or special educational needs or all three".
Now I have not checked the DfE source of the figures reported in today's Daily Mail online, which is where I happened upon them a moment ago online, but take a look anyway: