Find details on advice and specialist support for a child or young person with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

We are responsible for providing services which address the needs of all children and young people, including the most disadvantaged and vulnerable and 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 children, young people, parents and partners to promote prevention and early intervention and to offer early help so 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 children and young people who have SEND can access high quality provision that meets their needs.

Review of educational provision for children and young people with SEND

We are responsible by law for reviewing how special education is provided in North Yorkshire, and for making sure there are enough places in education for children and young people with SEND. We work closely with parents, carers, young people, local groups, education providers and professionals so we can meet this responsibility in the best possible way.

Through the summer and autumn months we have been hearing from parents, carers and professionals about their views on how special education is provided. This is helping us to shape future services and to form a strategic plan for how we will provide educational support for young people with SEND in North Yorkshire in the future.

You can now read some of the proposals, developed from feedback from across the county. These proposals are being considered to be included in the strategic plan, which is due to be published in March 2018. You can  read the proposals here (pdf / 812 KB) ( plain English summary also available here (pdf / 424 KB)), and provide your feedback through the online survey here. The survey will be live until 27 November 2017.

This is a further opportunity to be involved and provide your feedback before formal consultation begins in early 2018.

In addition to this, we have some further events for parents and carers during November 2017. These events will provide an update on progress and include information about proposals being suggested for the strategic plan.

You don’t need to register for the parent and carer events below, please just join us at:

Date Time Location
13 November 12.30pm to 2.30pm Rural Arts Centre, 4 Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS
14 November 12.30pm to 2.30pm Newby and Scalby Community Hall, Scalby Road, Scalby, Scarborough YO13 0RA
15 November 12.30pm to 2.30pm 60 Chain Lane, Knaresborough HG5 0AS
20 November 12.30pm to 2.30pm Selby Town Hall, York Street, Selby YO8 4AJ
21 November 12.30pm to 2.30pm Skipton Town Hall, High Street, Skipton BD23 1AH

You will have another chance to tell us what you think formally in early 2018 when we will launch a public consultation on the first draft of the strategic plan, and your views will be considered as we finalise the plan for publication in March 2018.

If you would like information in another language or format, such as Braille, large print or audio, please ask us by calling 01609 780780 or visiting our accessibility page.


How we support children and young people

The inclusive education service specialist support staff work together to provide advice and support to schools and educational settings to help them to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND. Some staff are centrally based and some are based in enhanced mainstream schools. The 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 (such as specific learning difficulties, dyslexia or 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:

Request for involvement documents

Request for involvement documents and other useful information for practitioners can now be found on the special educational needs and disabilities page of CYPSinfo, our website for early years, schools and children's services professionals in North Yorkshire.

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