News and events for SEND children and young people

Find the latest information and events for children and young people with SEND and their families.

The National Autistic Society is hosting an autism friendly event and you are invited!

Perfect for families, All Aboard for Autism is a short 3km sponsored walk around the perimeter of Drayton Manor Theme Park, home of Thomas Land.

Date: 23 September 2017
Time: Arrive from 9am, the walk will begin at 10:30am
Location: Drayton Manor Theme Park, Tamworth, Staffordshire
Cost: £6 per child (3-15), £8 per adult (16+)

Lots of activities to enjoy will take place before the walk, such as:

  • sensory bus and toys;
  • face painting;
  • inflatable games;
  • fancy dress photobooth; and
  • Thomas and Friends treasure hunt.

Twice each year, in May and November, we will be inviting you to come along to meet members of the North Yorkshire special educational needs and disabilities service. 

We will be visiting five locations across the county based on feedback received from families, and this is an opportunity for you to find out about developments in SEND and to speak to representatives from various support services. Whilst they are not intended for individual case discussion, we will be able to point you in the right direction should you be experiencing difficulty. 

You will also have an opportunity to let us know how you would like us to work with you in future to develop our services. We appreciate any feedback you provide and will continue to respond to your comments. NYPACT and local parents support groups are helping us to manage these events and will also be available where possible.

Details of the events will be shown here soon, but if you would like to receive information from us directly, why not join our virtual reference group? This is a way of us keeping in touch with you directly so you don’t miss out on any opportunities of information. Just send us an email that you would like to register for our virtual reference group and we will send you emails from time to time with information and updates. 

The latest national data release has revealed North Yorkshire is addressing the challenges presented by the new SEND code of practice challenge more effectively than other local authorities.

The timeliness of producing new education, health and care plans (EHCPs) in North Yorkshire is better than both the national and regional rate. The national rate for issuing EHCPs within the statutory 20 week timescale was 55.7%. The rate in North Yorkshire was 73.9%. 

North Yorkshire has also been revealed to be one of the most effective authorities in transferring children with special needs from the old statement of SEN provision to the new EHC plan provision. The national rate of transfers from statements to EHCPs at the beginning of 2016, was 32.7%, whilst in North Yorkshire it was 61.3%. Additionally, the national increase in funded EHCPs and statements since the end of June 2016 was 12%, with the rate of increase in North Yorkshire at 16%.

Whilst North Yorkshire is performing well compared to the national picture in converting all statements of SEN to an EHC plan, we continue working to ensure the process is completed by the deadline of 31 March 2018.