Severe and Complex Learning Difficulties

Specialist Support for severe and complex learning difficulties makes local provision for children and young people with severe learning difficulties and/or complex needs.

The team, who provide the support, work with schools to promote presence, participation and achievement, and secure better outcomes for children and young people with SLD and/or complex needs in mainstream schools. Support is provided on an outreach basis to schools in each locality by four special schools across North Yorkshire:

  • Brooklands School in Skipton
  • Springhead School in Scarborough
  • Springwater School in Harrogate
  • The Dales School nr Northallerton

Support to mainstream schools is provided by qualified practitioners who have significant levels of experience in working with children and young people with SLD and/or complex needs. The service is able to offer specialist support, advice and training to enhance learning, development, achievement and the social inclusion of children and young people with SLD and/or complex needs in mainstream schools, including;

  • Advice on curriculum content, design, differentiation and personalisation
  • A tailored approach to supporting transition and transfer to/from a mainstream school or special school
  • Assistance to schools in assessment for learning and tracking progress for pupils with SLD/complex needs
  • Advice on appropriate resources
  • Help in identifying personalised learning and reviewing targets
  • Modelling and coaching of teaching and learning within the mainstream and /or special school setting
  • Presentations / training on a range of areas of SLD for leadership teams, teachers, support staff, parents and governors to support schools in meeting the needs of children and young people with SLD/complex needs in an inclusive way
  • Advice on the Annual Review process e.g. sharing and supporting good practice; pupil voice and participation

Useful Downloads

1 SLD Outreach - Request for Involvement

2 SLD Outreach - Informed Parental Consent

3 SLD Outreach (Schools)

4 SLD Outreach (Parents & Carers)

5 CLDD Information Sheet