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 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 some draft proposals following feedback from across the county. We have collected feedback from parents, carers and professionals on these draft proposals and this will help shape the strategic plan. You can  read the proposals here (pdf / 812 KB) ( plain English summary also available here (pdf / 427 KB)).

We would like to thank everyone who has shared their time and thoughts to help us to shape the draft proposals. Overall feedback has been very positive, and there have been a number of helpful comments and suggestions which will be taken into account.

Your feedback shows that we need to develop more detail in specific areas and we want to take the opportunity to shape our proposals in line with this feedback. As a result, we are doing more work on the proposals, and we are now expecting to share a final draft of the strategic plan for SEND provision during April and May 2018 as part of a formal consultation process. We will publish further information about the consultation and your opportunities to feedback on the final draft in due course. The final plan will now be published in September 2018.


Capital Plan

The consultation is now live for the small scale capital plan which must be published in March 2018 as required by the Government in order for the County Council to receive capital funding to increase places and improve facilities for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans. This plan will have links to the overall strategic plan priorities.

You can read the proposals and provide feedback here.

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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