SEND education provision in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire’s vision is that all children and young people with SEND in the county:

  • Have the best educational opportunities so they achieve the best outcomes
  • are able to attend a school or provision locally, as close to their home as possible, where they can make friends and be part of their local community
  • Make progress with learning, have good social and emotional health and are prepared for a fulfilling adult life.

Continuum of provision

In North Yorkshire we refer to a ‘continuum of provision’ for children and young people with SEND. This continuum includes universal, targeted and specialist provision. Our aim is that through early identification and intervention for children and young people more can receive their education and achieve good outcomes in mainstream schools, and fewer will need specialist provision.

Universal provision

This is education provision available to everyone, often called mainstream education.

Targeted provision

This is provision that is more specialist than mainstream schools, providing a higher level of support for children and young people with SEND, but not a special school. In North Yorkshire the following are regarded as targeted provision:

Targeted mainstream provision (in development)

Alternative provision including pupil referral services:

  • Craven PRS
  • Sunbeck - Hambleton/Richmondshire
  • Springwell Harrogate – Harrogate/Knaresborough/Ripon
  • Scarborough PRS
  • ROOSE – Ryedale
  • Whitby Outreach
  • The Rubicon Centre, Selby

Medical Education Service

Specialist provision

This is provision which is specifically organised to make special educational provision for pupils with SEND. Special schools are specialist provision. There are 8 maintained special schools and two special academies in North Yorkshire:

SchoolArea of NeedLocation
Brompton Hall SchoolSEMH (boys)Near Scarborough
Brooklands SchoolComplex SENSkipton
Forest Moor SchoolSEMHNear Harrogate
Mowbray SchoolComplex SENBedale and Ripon
Springhead SchoolSevere/complex learning needsScarborough
Springwater SchoolSevere/complex learning needsHarrogate
The Dales SchoolSevere/complex learning needsMorton on Swale
The Forest School (academy)Complex SENKnaresborough
The Woodlands AcademyComplex SENScarborough
Welburn Hall SchoolComplex SENKirkbymoorside

 Work is ongoing to develop a special free school in the Selby area.

Strategic Plan for SEND Education Provision 0-25 2018-2023

The development of SEND Education Provision in North Yorkshire is underpinned by our Strategic Plan for Education Provision 0-25 2018-23 (the Strategic Plan).

During 2017 and 2018 we worked closely with parent, carers, children, young people, schools and other professionals to gather views on how education for children and young people with SEND is provided. This included a public consultation during May and June 2018.

The Strategic Plan was approved by the Executive in September 2018 and published shortly after. Since then it has been reviewed to understand progress made in the first year of implementation, and has been updated to incorporate additional actions.

In addition to setting out how the continuum of provision for children and young people with SEND will be developed, the Strategic Plan has a focus on local areas in the county:

  • Craven
  • Hambleton/Richmondshire
  • Harrogate/Knaresborough/Ripon
  • Scarborough/Whitby/Ryedale
  • Selby

This is to ensure that provision can reflect the needs of the children and young people in the local area.

 Progress was made during the first year of the plan and key achievements include:

 Universal Provision

  • Continued delivery of SENCO networks
  • Development and implementation of the North Yorkshire Ladder of Intervention
  • Initial roll out of the Pivotal approach

 Targeted provision

  • A revised Alternative Provision Directory for schools including minimum standards for providers
  • Remodelling of North Yorkshire alternative provision including a place based commissioning approach
  • Development of targeted mainstream provision initially in 9 schools
  • Development of a Medical Education Service

 Specialist provision

  • Increasing the number of places in special schools through the use of special provision capital funding and schools condition grant
  • Opening Mowbray School (Ripon)
  • A successful bid for a free special school in the Selby area

In addition, local SEND hubs have been developed and will ‘go live’ from September 2020. Locality boards which play a significant role in governance, support and challenge in respect of SEND have been established in four local areas.

Actions in the plan will continue to be implemented over the next 3-4 years.

School Responsibilities

Responsibilities for schools in respect of children and young people with SEND are set out in the SEND Code of Practice 2015.

Model SEN Policy

Local Authority Responsibilities

The LA has a statutory responsibility under the Children and Families Act 2014 to keep its special educational provision under review, to ensure sufficiency in placements to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), working with parents/carers, young people and providers.

References /links to associated information

Strategic Plan for SEND Education Provision 0-25 2018-23 and Annual Review 2018-19:

Alternative Provision Directory:

Statutory Guidance

SEND Code of Practice 2015:

Contact for Information

Chris Reynolds SEND Provision and Resources Manager

01609 798598