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.

Special provision capital funding

We will receive funding to increase the number of places and improve facilities for children and young people with special educational needs and or disabilities (SEND) who have education, health and care plans.

The total amount of special provision capital funding is £500,000 which has been allocated to North Yorkshire over three years. There are specific guidelines from the Department for Education on how we can use the funding.

Thank you to everyone who has provided their feedback as part of this consultation.

The council’s executive approved the plan for use of the special provision capital funding on 13 March 2018. Following this decision we have now published the  plan for how we will be using this funding (pdf / 154 KB). We have also developed a  covering report (pdf / 284 KB) that provides further information.

We have been notified that we will receive the first part of this funding in the summer, which means we can now progress the planned work for the first year.

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 of 2017 we heard 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 an overarching strategic plan for how we will provide educational support for young people with SEND in North Yorkshire in the future.

We developed our proposals following feedback from across the county. We have collected feedback from parents, carers and professionals and our final plan was published for public consultation during May and June 2018. The consultation has now closed, but you can still read the documents here.

We would like to thank everyone who has shared their time and thoughts to help us to shape the plan.

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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