ILR specification: 2024 to 2025

Special educational needs: attribute field


A learner with a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Reason Required

To enable the Department for Education to identify which learners are receiving this provision and to monitor the impact of the SEND reforms.

Min Occurs
Max Occurs

Collection Requirements

  • 16-19 excluding Apprenticeships (FundModel 25)


Not collected for learners with an Education and Health Care (EHC) plan.

  • This field is only recorded for learners who have special educational needs at a lower level than those with an EHC plan but still need special educational provision with their learning.

  • Special educational provision is support which is additional or different to support usually available to young people of the same age in mainstream colleges.

  • This field is updated annually.

Attribute Codes

Type Code Title


1 Special educational needs