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.

For the next opportunity for parents in Hambleton, Richmond or Selby to meet with us, we are joining up with an existing POSCH meeting about the education, health and care plans assessment process.

POSCH is a group led by parents who meet regularly to support parents of children with SEND. The council's principal assessment and reviewing officer, Alison Hall, will be there to answer any questions you may have about the education, health and care plan process.

The meeting is on Thursday 24 May from 10am to 12 noon at the Town Hall, Market Place, Stokesley TS9 5DG. If you would like to know more about the group, you can contact Anita Reeves via email poschcharity@outlook.com or telephone 07763 960905.

Further information on meetings for parents in the east and west of the county will follow shortly.

We have been reviewing education provision for children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25 years, and we are developing a strategic plan for this provision in the future. We have hosted a number of events for parents, carers, professionals and young people to help us shape the strategic plan.

As part of our ongoing work we have arranged three focus group events for children and young people with SEND. The purpose of the focus groups is for us to meet again with children and young people to update them on the work and to gather more feedback from them.

The focus groups are free and will take place as follows:

  • Tuesday 29 May at Selby Community Centre, Scott Road, Selby YO8 4BL from 10.30am to 12.30pm (followed by lunch);
  • Thursday 31 May at Scarborough Council Chamber, Town Hall, St Nicholas St, Scarborough YO11 2HG from 10.30am to 12.30pm (followed by lunch); and
  • Friday 1 June at Harrogate Council Chamber, Civic Centre, St Lukes Avenue, Harrogate HG1 2AE from 10.30am to 12.30pm (followed by lunch).

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. 

We are keen to invite young people from across North Yorkshire to contribute to these groups and hope you can help us with this. Gathering views of children and young people is essential to the development of the strategic plan. 

Book your place

Children and young people can book a place here:

Book your place

Places need to be booked by 23 May at the latest.

If you or your child or young person would like more information please email vip@northyorks.gov.uk.

A public consultation is currently underway which relates to proposed changes to the provision of overnight short breaks for families with disabled children and young people.

You can read more about the consultation and give us your views here.

The consultation runs until 21 June 2018.

The Department for Education are asking young people and their parents or carers to fill in an online survey about their experiences of school exclusion.

This will help the Department for Education to understand how and why schools exclude pupils, why there are different exclusion rates and, in particular, why there are high levels of exclusions within some groups - including black Caribbean boys, children in need, looked after children, and those with special educational needs.

Share your views

If you would like to share your views, please use the Department for Education online survey:

Share your views

You can submit your answers confidentially if you wish.

If you have any queries about filling in the questionnaire please contact School.EXCLUSIONS@education.gov.uk.

Deadline for comments

You should share your views by 6 May 2018.

We recently consulted on changes to our policy for home to school transport, specifically for those with special educational needs or disabilities.

The consultation has now closed. Recommendations for the proposed changes to the home to school transport policy will be discussed at the executive meeting on 24 April. You can find out more about the proposed changes here.

The government consulted on proposals to change the blue badge scheme to include people with non-physical conditions. This would include dementia and autism.

This is part of the government’s objective to ensure that those people with the greatest need have access to badges, whilst ensuring the scheme remains sustainable.

The consultation closed on 18 March 2018.

You can see the progress of this consultation on the GOV.UK website here.

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.

We’ve taken the opportunity to link the November sessions for this year with work to review educational provision for children and young people with SEND. We will still hold an event in each of the five areas, which will provide an update on progress and some proposals put forward by localities for special education, which will form the basis of a strategic plan for North Yorkshire to be published in September 2018. You can find further information in relation to the events and the work on the strategic plan here.

More 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. 

These events are not intended to be used for individual case discussion; if you need to speak to someone about your child, please contact he SEN admin team on 01609 532299 or email sen@northyorks.gov.uk.

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 per cent. The rate in North Yorkshire was 73.9 per cent. 

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 per cent, whilst in North Yorkshire it was 61.3 per cent. Additionally, the national increase in funded EHCPs and statements since the end of June 2016 was 12 per cent, with the rate of increase in North Yorkshire at 16 per cent.

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.

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