Consultation on the implementation of Targeted Mainstream Provisions for Children and Young People with SEND

This consultation is about North Yorkshire's ideas for Targeted Mainstream Provisions for children and young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).

We want all children and young people with SEND in the county to:

  • have the best educational opportunities so that they achieve the best outcomes.
  • be able to attend a school or provision locally, where they can make friends and be part of their local community.
  • make progress with learning, have good social and emotional health and be prepared for a fulfilling adult life.

We know that there are more children and young people being identified as having special educational needs in North Yorkshire and we expect this increase to continue. We need to make sure that we have the right type of education provision in the right place to meet their needs. We know that a number of our children and young people have to go to school outside North Yorkshire, and we want to avoid this wherever possible.

We have developed a strategic plan for educating children with SEND which aims to create a better offer of provision for children and young people, improved communication, enable more local decision making, and reduce costly out of county placements. This plan was approved in September 2018 and we are now implementing the actions within it.

We now want to ask your views on the further development and proposed implementation of one aspect of provision set out in the strategic plan.

This document explains the proposal that we are consulting on. You can read the full strategic plan document so that you can see where this aspect of provision fits within the wide range of provisions established or being developed. We recommend that you read this document and ideally attend one of the information events before responding to the survey and giving us your views.

Our Intention for SEND education provision 

Targeted mainstream schools will provide enhanced levels of specialist support over and above that usually available in mainstream schools. They will provide an appropriate environment and personalised support for children and young people with SEND, who are able to access mainstream learning.

The staff within the school will be highly trained in SEND and will have access to SEND professionals such as educational psychologists, speech and language and occupational therapists.

These provisions will provide places for children and young people who are not requiring a special school place but need the additional support referenced to access a mainstream school curriculum.

Since October 2018, we have been working with schools and academies to develop plans for how the new provisions will be delivered. We have worked with our existing Enhanced Mainstream Schools in the first instance as well as with new schools interested in becoming a Targeted Mainstream Provision.

Delivery of this model is reliant upon schools to host the provision and work with us in partnership. This consultation is to provide more detail on progress to date and seek views on establishing the first nine bases.   

In developing the proposals we have:

  • Developed a different model of targeted mainstream provision to allow children and young people to receive more specialist support in small groups while being able to access aspects of a mainstream curriculum and the school community.
  • Engaged with interested schools to identify those schools who wish to implement the new model in the first phase - September 2020 onwards.
  • Developed an agreement detailing how schools will be funded and service standards expected.
  • Identified additional therapies and support needed to assist schools in delivering high quality provisions, including educational psychology as well as occupational and speech and language therapies.

Schools have the flexibility to refine their model of delivery, but in general the new provision will:

  • Provide a minimum of eight full time places for six children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan and two ‘flexible’ places for children needing to access the provision for short-term assessment and support.
  • Specialise in meeting the needs of children and young people with social, emotional and ,mental health or communication and Interaction needs at primary and secondary level.
  • Have access to a range of therapies and training opportunities to ensure children are fully supported.
  • Increase the opportunities for children and young people with SEND to access mainstream education together with more specialised small group interventions and support.
  • Be funded on a ‘place’ basis similar to special schools and in line with national guidance. They will receive £10,000 per place and top up funding in accordance with our banding system. We expect the top up funding to be between £4,780 to £7,570 per place based on banding levels as of the 2019/2020 financial year.


  • Children who access the flexible placements will remain on the roll of their own school.
  • Each targeted provision will receive direct funding of approximately £120,000 to 130,000 per year.

When the new model is fully implemented in the next two to three years, we expect to have 31 targeted mainstream provisions as shown below:

Locality Primary C&I Secondary C&I Primary SEMH Secondary SEMH
 Hambleton/Richmondshire 1 1 1 1
 Scarborough area 1 1 1 1
 Whitby 1 1 1 1
 Ryedale 1   1 1
 Selby 1 2 1 1
 Craven 1 1 1 1
 Harrogate/Knaresborough/Ripon 2 1 2 1

In Year 1 we have nine schools which have expressed an interest and these are listed below. Subject to this consultation, and appropriate implementation, these targeted mainstream provisions will be established from January 2021.

Locality Primary C&1 Secondary C&1 Primary SEMH Secondary SEMH
 Hambleton/Richmondshire Alverton Primary Wensleydale   Thirsk/PRS
 Scarborough area       Scalby/PRS
 Whitby East Whitby Academy   West Cliff Academy  
 Selby   Holy Family   Selby High School
 Harrogate/Knaresborough/Ripon Grove Road CP      

We have restructured the central local authority SEND and Inclusion teams to create locality based teams (Hubs) of SEND professionals including specialists, specialist teachers and practitioners, speech and language, occupational and educational psychologists.

These teams, under the management of a locality based SEND Manager will work with schools and settings to identify children with SEND at the earliest stage and ensure they receive the support they require.

Staff within the teams will also be responsible for undertaking the statutory assessment process.

The teams will have a local base and will be accessible for parents/carers and schools and settings in terms of advice and support.

In summary the teams will:

  • Work with schools and settings to identify children with SEND at the earliest stage and ensure they receive the right support at the right time.
  • provide advice and guidance to schools and settings as well as parents with concerns.
  • offer outreach to settings and schools in response to referrals.
  • deliver early intervention advice and support.
  • deliver training and professional development to schools and settings to enhance expertise and capacity to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND.
  • model interventions with school staff.
  • offer group sessions and training for children and young people and parents/carers.
  • provide a targeted rapid response.
  • provide a range of therapies.

SEND Hubs will begin operation in April 2020, prior to the current Enhanced Mainstream School’s being decommissioned. This has been done so that those young people who continue to need outreach support can have a planned transition to the new way of accessing this.

More information

We are asking for your views on our proposals, and specifically want to hear from:

  • parents, carers and young people.
  • staff in early years settings, schools and further education settings (e.g. colleges), including governors.
  • parent and carer groups, including North Yorkshire Parents and Carers Together.
  • local authority staff.
  • health colleagues.

The consultation will be open for 39 days starting on 6 February 2020 and running until 15 March 2020, allowing for school half term. Once the consultation has closed, we will review all of the responses and prepare a report for councillors. They will consider the feedback on the proposed strategic plan and make decisions on 24 March 2020 about implementing the proposals. If the proposed implementation is agreed by councillors we will begin to undertake the necessary steps to change the designation of schools involved and begin implementation.

We are conducting a survey which is both available online and in printed form. If you would like a paper copy of the survey or an alternative format, please call our customer service centre.

We are holding events for parents, carers and professionals around the county to talk about the proposals.

Events for parents and carers

Date Time Location

11 February 2020

1pm to 2pm The Esplanade Hotel. Belmont Rd, Scarborough YO11 2AA

24 February 2020

10.30am to 11.30am

Cedar Court Hotel, Park Parade, Harrogate HG1 5AH

24 February 2020 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Herriots Hotel, Broughton Rd, Skipton BD23 1RT

25 February 2020

 10.30am to 11.30am 

South Milford Hotel, Junction 42 A1M, South Milford, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, LS25 5LF

25 February 2020

1.30pm to 2.30pm The Golden Lion Hotel, 114 High St, Northallerton DL7 8PP

Event for current Enhanced Mainstream School Staff

Date Time Location

3 March 2020

3.30pm to 5pm The Grand, County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton, DL7 8AD

Events for school staff and other education professionals

Date Time  Location
11 February 2020 2.30pm to 3.30pm The Esplanade Hotel. Belmont Rd, Scarborough YO11 2AA

24 February 2020

9am to 10am

Cedar Court Hotel, Park Parade, Harrogate HG1 5AH

24 February 2020

3pm to 4pm Herriots Hotel, Broughton Rd, Skipton BD23 1R

25 February 2020

9am to 10am

South Milford Hotel, Junction 42 A1M, South Milford, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, LS25 5LF

25 February 2020

3pm to 4pm The Golden Lion Hotel, 114 High St, Northallerton DL7 8PP

We have carried out an  equalities impact assessment (EIA) (pdf / 365 KB). We will update this following comments received during the consultation and councillors will consider it again before they make a decision on implementing the proposal. The EIA has identified that there will be an impact on young people with SEND and if changes are made to current SEND education services, we will offer support to families to adapt to those changes.

We anticipate that, if the proposal is implemented, it may bring positive impacts to young people and their families, particularly by enabling more young people with SEND to be educated in their own community and achieve better outcomes.  We anticipate that with more local provision children and young people with SEND will have more opportunities to attend a local school that is closer to home and will help them achieve better educational and social outcomes.

Give us your views