On this page you will find information about the different education options for children with SEND.
If you feel that your child’s SEND can’t be met in their current mainstream school, they may be able to access a more specialist setting or provision.
Specialist settings have additional resources and specially trained staff to support children with SEND.
Specialist Inclusive Learning Centres (SILCs)
The main site of a SILC will provide teaching to children and young people who have severe and complex difficulties, meaning they can’t go to mainstream school.
SILCS are also able to provide access to mainstream, please see partnerships below.
There are five SILC’s across each of the five areas of Leeds.
Social Emotional and Mental Health provision
Leeds offers city wide specialist provisions for children and young people with Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH).
Specialist free school
There is one 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 are working at a higher level and are able to go to some mainstream lessons, but also need specialised support in some areas.
There are mainstream schools that have an agreement with their local SILC to provide additional specialist trained staff and resources. The children are on the roll of the SILC but often wear the uniform and follow the daily routines of the host mainstream school.
A resourced provision is a mainstream school that has additional resources in a specialist area. These include resource provisions for children with:
- hearing and visual impairments (secondary only)
- physical and medical difficulties
- complex communication disorders (primary only)
- specific learning difficulties (secondary only)
- general learning difficulties
Children are on the roll of and are fully included in the mainstream school, whilst receiving the specialist interventions they need for their individual needs.
Post 16 Specialist Provision
There are citywide foundation learning and supported courses in Leeds, designed to meet the needs of young people aged 16 to 24 who have SEND.