Find details on advice and specialist support for a child or young person with special educational needs or disability.

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.

SEND review and parent, carer and professional feedback events

North Yorkshire County Council is responsible under the Children and Families Act 2014 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.

We want to hear from parents, carers and professionals about your views on special education - this will help us to shape future services. Your input will help form a strategic plan for how we will provide support for young people with SEND in North Yorkshire in future.  

For example, if you are a parent we’d like to know about:

  • services you use now and how they could be better;
  • services you want or need, but can’t find; or
  • how you found the service(s) you need, what helped you to find them and any improvements we could make.

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.

We are holding events across the county in September and October to give you a chance to talk about the support that is needed for children and young people with SEND – your input will help form the strategic plan. You can register to attend through the links below:

Parents and carer events: autism; speech, language and communications needs; sensory and physical

Parents and carer events: cognition and learning

Schools and professional staff events

As we develop the strategic plan, we are keen to continue gathering feedback and ideas on future provision for SEND. If you are unable to attend an event but would still like to provide any thoughts, please send us an email or call 01609 780780 to share your feedback.

If you would like information in another language or format, such as Braille, large print or audio, please ask us by calling 01609 532917 or emailing

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

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