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Primary Placement

Most educational provision for children and young people with special educational needs sits within the universal offer such as differentiated learning and more targeted intervention.

Specialist education is for children and young people with more complex needs, usually those who have an Education, Health and Care plan.

In York there are different types of specialist provision to meet different needs: Specialist Outreach support for those in mainstream schools, Centralised Provisions, Enhanced Resource Provisions (ERPs) which are centrally resourced provisions in mainstream schools and Special Schools.

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To view the Ordinarily Available Provisions Document, click here.

This document aims to set out:

  • Who shares responsibilities for identifying children / young people' needs and meeting them.
  • What resources are available to educational settings in York.
  • What types of ordinarily available provision can be made for children and young people
  • How requests for EHC needs assessment can be made.


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At Hempland School there is a Central Provision for Deaf children age 5-11. This is a 6 place provision where children and fully included within the mainstream classroom with support from the Local Authority Deaf and Hearing Support Team.

To visit the Hempland School website, click here.


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There are two ERPs for primary age pupils in York based at Haxby Road School and St Oswalds.

Notes for parents: Admissions to an Enhanced Resources Provision (ERP)

Haxby Road ERP for Communication and Interaction

Haxby Road is a 26 place ERP for children with communication and interaction needs.  There are 18 dual registered places for children with SLCN who attend the ERP in the morning and then return to their home school for the afternoon. In addition there are 8 full time places for children with a diagnosis of autism.  Those children with a full time place are working towards full access to the mainstream classes (with specialist support) for the afternoon sessions in Haxby Road Primary Academy.

The ERP achieved the Centre of Excellence accreditation from Scheme for Schools in March 2018. The accreditation recognised the ERP’s excellence in supporting children and their families with speech, language and communication needs. Teachers in the ERP have or are working towards Post Graduate degrees in either Autism or Language and Communication Impairment in Children.  All staff are SCERTS trained and TAs have the ELKLAN qualification.

The development of Social Communication and Emotional Regulation skills is embedded into the curriculum and there is a communication and interaction focus to all lessons, tasks and activities. All staff support their verbal communication with visuals and sign. 


"It’s also been incredible to see how much fun and joy C. gets out of going to the ERP. I don’t think there’s really words to describe how grateful we are to you all and I hope that other schools/services learning from you all."

Ofsted 2016 “Teachers in the enhanced resource provision carefully match activities to the needs of each individual pupil. Pupils go calmly and confidently about their work and make good progress in their learning from their starting points. Pupils are confident to speak to each other and aloud to the whole class.

Visit the Haxby Road Website.


St Oswalds ERP for Specific Learning Difficulties

All children are dual registered with their home school and attend St Oswalds in the morning and then return to their home school for the afternoon. There is a literacy focus to all the work. This is personalised to work towards individual, agreed outcomes. There is also an hour numeracy lesson each day. Staffing ratio is 2:10 for all children with a specialist teacher.  With a focus on independence, the curriculum is delivered with the expectation that children will complete many activities independently, organise their work tasks and also work productively / collaboratively with peers.

Ofsted 2013 “The school’s dyslexia unit is very effective in helping pupils who have specific difficulties with reading and writing. It is a happy place where pupils’ needs are well met.”


“...those in the dyslexia unit, have work that is adapted precisely to meet their own specific learning needs.”

"We just wanted to say a massive thank you...We feel he’s much better equipped for secondary school now which is all thanks to you both"

Visit the St Oswalds School Website



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Hob Moor Oaks Academy

In York there is one primary special school, Hob Moor Oaks Academy, which is part of a unique and successful federation with Hob Moor Primary School. The two schools are co-located with a purpose built children’s centre, which has well planned access and a range of facilities which includes a hydrotherapy pool with sensory facilities, a large multi-sensory theatre, soft play room and nursing and physiotherapy suites, which enable paediatric clinics to be held in school.

Admissions to Hob Moor Oaks Academy are dealt with on an individual basis.

Admission decisions are made by the Education Health and Care Panel based on evidence submitted by professionals working with you.

If it is likely that your child may need specialist provision, the professionals working with you will have suggested that you visit the school. Children who attend Hob Moor Oaks School will have an Education Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs.

To visit the Hob Moor Oaks Academy website, click here.



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To view a list of approved Independent Special Schools and Special Post 16 institutions in the UK please view the Section 41 Secretary of State approved list document. The Government website also has a list of non maintained and independent special schools in England.


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For children and young people with complex needs who are unable to attend school or settings we can offer a personalised programme through a personal educational budget. To be eligible for a personalised programme children and young people will need an education health care plan.


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Danesgate Community School

The Danesgate Community School is York’s provision for children, aged between 5 and 16 years, who cannot attend mainstream or special school due to social, emotional and behavioural needs.

The Danesgate Community School works in partnership with all the city’s primary, secondary and special schools to ensure the needs of individual students are met. Home based tuition is provided if needed. The Danesgate Community’s mission is to ensure that young people who are disengaged from education or feel unable to attend school can achieve outcomes that will allow them to succeed and make a positive contribution to society. Young people are referred to the Danesgate Community School by their current school, health colleagues, social care, Integrated Youth Support Services or the Traveller and Ethnic Minority Service.


Last Updated: July 2019