The latest news for families, including the annual inclusion conference, and events, funding news, plans and consultations.

SEND Education Provision Plan 2023-26

As we are now part way through the final year of the Local Area’s Strategic Plan for SEND Education Provision 2018-2023 we are keen to engage with all stakeholders including children, young people, parents, carers as well as education, health and care professionals to shape the next plan from September 2023. To assist this we will be hosting a series of early engagement sessions during late January and early February 2023 so that all stakeholders can help shape the future priorities and actions in further developing SEND education provision across the county.

Workshops have already started, but we are keen that as many people as possible join us in co-producing this plan, and therefore invite you to book onto the available Teams sessions here. Please select the session you feel is most appropriate and you will be provided with access instructions via email before the session you have chosen.

If you are unable to attend a workshop, but would like to provide your feedback, please complete the survey here.

SEND national news and consultations

The UK Government’s SEND and alternative provision green paper was published on 29 March 2022. It set out a vision for a single, national SEND and alternative provision (AP) system that will introduce new standards in the quality of support given to children across education, health and care.

The green paper is the result of the SEND Review, commissioned to improve the SEND system for parents, carers, children and young people.

Read the summary of the SEND review: ‘right support, right place, right time’ on the UK Government website.

New area SEND inspection framework published

Following consultation, the new area SEND inspection framework and handbook have been published by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission. The new framework and handbook come into use from 2023 and will be used to inform judgements on North Yorkshire’s arrangements for children and young people with SEND. The new framework aims to strengthen accountability by:

  • introducing an ongoing cycle of inspections with three inspection outcomes
  • annual "engagement meetings" in all areas
  • boosting the response where Ofsted has concerns via monitoring inspections and/or early re-inspections
  • more transparency and improving services by asking local areas to update and publish "visible strategic SEND plans" within 30 working days after full inspections
  • all strategic plans to be fully accessible to children and young people with SEND as well as parents and carers
  • a focus on how alternative provision is commissioned and overseen
  • an update to the inspection team to be more multidisciplinary, involving health, education and social care inspectors

North Yorkshire News and Consultations

Please follow the links below for information relating to the latest news and consultations:

Events and activities

Family grab packs

These grab packs are for parents and carers, children or young people to help them work through particular topics. Many also have a therapeutic content to them and they have been written by Educational Psychologists working with primary mental health workers and wellbeing facilitators.

Download the family grab packs from the North Yorkshire Children and Young People's Service website.

FUSE Online!

Have you ever attended FUSE – the drama workshops for young people with learning disabilities?

Pickering, Starbeck, Skipton and Tadcaster groups are now taking place virtually each week, with Scarborough hoping to recommence soon.

To re-join, please contact

If you have not attended before, but would like to join, please email Eve with a little bit about yourself and where you are based. We will work then work with the relevant group to see if there is capacity for you to join.