Local Guidance and Policies on SEN

The City of York Council’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Thresholds have been published to support City of York’s educational settings in meeting the needs of young children with special educational needs and disabilities. They have been produced by a multiagency team of professionals, parents and young people. 

They are provided by the Local Authority so that schools and settings are clear about the levels and types of support that are expected in York.  

Local Authorities are required to publish information about provision of education for children with special educational needs (SEN) as part of their local offer.  

The SEN Thresholds were first published in 2014 and have been subject to further review and revision in 2015-2016 to take account of the new SEND Code of Practice: 0-25 years.  

The Designated Medical Officer (DMO) in York maintains the oversight and coordination across paediatricians and allied health professionals to ensure effective health support for children and young people with special educational needs/disabilities. This post is held by a community paediatrician, Sally Smith, who works in partnership with children’s allied therapies lead. She also supports strategic development of services and joint commissioning.