In Kirklees the Specialist Provision teams consist of specialist teachers and support staff who have practical experience of working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in local mainstream schools.
The teams work with schools to support staff in promoting the educational inclusion and achievement of pupils with sensory needs (visual impairment and hearing impairment), physical impairment, and students with complex communication and interaction needs, which includes those with autistic spectrum condition (ASC).
What specialist provision can offer
An initial meeting with school staff and parents. This helps to determine what support the Specialist Provision team can offer. This could include the following:
- an observation of the pupil in school and other settings;
- supporting schools to develop a clear package of support;
- strategies to support the pupil in school;
- direct support for the pupil involved, if appropriate. This may include modelling techniques for school staff to implement;
- training and advice for school based staff;
- liaison with other agencies with permission from parents;
- linking with parents and carers;
- offering advice for transitions, this can include key transitions such as moving from primary school to secondary school.
How to access support
The child's school will make a referral as they are the first point of contact for families and already have lots of information and understanding of the child. The level of support that is required is based on the child in relation to their individual needs and their stage of development.
Parents may also want to contact the service directly:
- Email Kelly.Smith@kirklees.gov.ukk
- Phone 01924 483744
Specialist provision places within mainstream schools
Whilst the majority of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities will attend their local mainstream school; for some individuals, after a period of support it may be suggested that a place in a specialist provision may be necessary.
There are a number of specialist provisions within mainstream schools who provide support for pupils with more complex needs. Pupils in provision will access the majority of their learning and school life in an inclusive mainstream environment alongside their peers. Each pupil will have an individualised learning programme according to their needs. They can also access additional resources and expertise. The amount of time they spend in the mainstream environment and how they access it will depend on their individual needs.