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Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) - specialist support and provision

We are responsible for providing services which address the needs of all children and young people, including the most disadvantaged and vulnerable and encompassing those with SEND.

This is done through:

  • Supporting the drive for high educational standards for all children and young people, paying particular attention to the most disadvantaged groups;
  • Working with partners, including children, young people and parents, to promote prevention and early intervention and to offer early help so that emerging difficulties are dealt with before they become more serious;
  • Helping to improve educational attainment, narrowing the gaps for the most disadvantaged and promoting the wider wellbeing of children and young people, including at key transition points; and
  • Ensuring that children and young people who have SEND can access high quality provision that meets their needs.

How we do this

In North Yorkshire the inclusive education service consists of specialist support staff who work together to provide advice and support to schools and settings to enable them to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND. Some specialist staff are centrally based and some are based in enhanced mainstream schools. The inclusive education service consists of specialists in the areas of:

  • Educational psychology;
  • Early years SEND;
  • Communication and interaction (autism and speech, language and communication needs);
  • Cognition and learning (e.g. specific learning difficulties, dyslexia, dyscalculia);
  • Sensory and physical (hearing impairment, visual impairment, physical and medical needs); and
  • Social, emotional and mental health.

Special schools

If a child or young person's need cannot be met in a mainstream school or setting with the involvement of the inclusive education service, they may require a special school place. Except in very rare circumstances special schools take pupils with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. 

There are ten special schools in North Yorkshire:

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This page was last updated on 14 October 2016