There are different types of specialist schools and settings that you could attend these are:
Mainstream schools are the schools that most children and young people will be expected to attend.
They are typically able to support young people with mild to moderate SEND, by following what is known as the 'graduated approach'.
You can read more about this on the
help at your school or college page.
Specialist Inclusive Learning Centres (SILCs)
A SILC teaches children and young people who have more severe and complex difficulties.
They are different to a mainstream school because they have staff with more SEND training and specialist skills and access to specialist resources and equipment to support pupils.
Social Emotional and Mental Health provision
There are schools in Leeds that can support children and young people that have difficulties with their Social, Emotional and/or Mental Health Needs (SEMH).
They have staff that have special training and experience in SEMH and access to specialist resources and equipment to support pupils.
Specialist free school
There is a specialist free school in Leeds for young people aged 11 to 19 who have an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) or related communication disorders.
This school is funded by the government, but ran independently (meaning they have more control over how they do things).
Partnership provisions are for children and young people who can access some mainstream lessons, but need some specialist support in other areas
There are mainstream schools that have an agreement with their local SILC to provide additional specialist trained staff and resources to pupils that need it.
You would be on the roll of the SILC but likely go to, wear the uniform of and follow the daily routines of the mainstream school.
A resourced provision is a mainstream school that has additional resources in a specialist area. These include resource provisions for children and young people with:
- hearing and visual impairments (secondary only)
- physical and medical difficulties
- complex communication disorders (primary only)
- specific learning difficulties (secondary only)
- general learning difficulties
You would be on the roll of and fully included in this mainstream school, whilst receiving any specialist interventions that you need.
You can find out more about the specialist schools and settings available in Leeds on the
Leeds Local Offer website.
You can also
contact us for copies of our Leeds provision, out of authority and post 16 provision guides.