Schools and education

Special Educational Needs Service - Specialist Teaching Team

Special Educational Needs Service - Specialist Teaching Team

The Specialist Teaching Team works with parents, families and other professionals to enable children and young people aged up to 25 years with ‘low incidence’ special educational needs to access education and gain the maximum benefit from their time at nursery, school or college.

The team works to:

  • remove barriers and enable access to learning
  • provide advice about short term interventions
  • enable the child or young person’s voice and views to be heard
  • provide advice and training to staff in nurseries, schools and colleges
  • provide advice and support to parents
  • advise the local authority on the development of services and support
  • carry out assessments and provide educational advice

Contact: Lynne Johns, Head of the Specialist Teaching Team
Telephone: 01904 554204
Email: lynne.johns@york.gov.uk

Autism Team

We offer support to children and young people with an autism diagnosis.

We provide advice, training and support for:

  • staff in schools and other settings
  • parents and families

We work closely with colleagues in education and health, and staff in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

Contact: Denise Thomas, Specialist Teacher
Telephone: 01904 555975
Email: denise.thomas@york.gov.uk

Deaf and Hearing Team

We offer support to children and their families and work closely with staff in Early Years settings, schools and further education colleges to ensure deaf children are able to access education.

Contact: Helen Martin, Senior Specialist Teacher of the Deaf
Telephone: 01904 555708
Email: helen.martin@york.gov.uk

Contact: Sandi Poston, Specialist Teacher of the Deaf
Telephone: 01904 652484
Email: sandi.poston@york.gov.uk

Contact: Shelley Vermeijden, Specialist Teacher of the Deaf
Telephone: 01904 555710
Email: shelley.vermeijden@york.gov.uk

Home teaching

Home teaching is provided for children and young people aged up to 16 years who are unable to attend school as a result of their long term health.

The aim of home teaching is to:

  • maintain the child’s access to education
  • support their re-introduction to mainstream school (wherever possible)

We require supporting information from the child’s GP or another health professional for all referrals to ensure home teaching is the most appropriate service.

Email Lynne Johns, Head of the Specialist Teaching Team, to make a referral for home teaching.

Contact: Lynne Johns, Head of the Specialist Teaching Team
Telephone: 01904 554204
Email: lynne.johns@york.gov.uk

Hospital teaching

The overwhelming majority of children admitted to hospital spend less than 7 days as an in-patient, with most children spending less than 2 days in hospital.

We therefore only provide hospital tuition for children and young people who have an extended stay in hospital. If this is the case, the ward staff will contact the Specialist Teaching Team to arrange hospital tuition.

Mill Lodge Community Unit

Mill Lodge Community Unit is an NHS inpatient facility which provides safe and high quality care for young people from York and surrounding areas with complex mental health needs.

The school staff work closely with NHS staff to support young people between the ages of 11 and 18 years, helping them regain their:

  • health
  • wellbeing
  • enjoyment of life

The aim is to support each young person’s:

  • access to education
  • return to mainstream school
  • transition to further/higher education and/or employment

Note: Mill Lodge does not accept referrals directly from schools.

Physical and Health Needs Team

Our Physical and Health Needs Team works closely with colleagues from the local NHS Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy teams to enable children to take part as fully as possible in the life of their school.

They provide specialist support for children and young people with physical disabilities to:

  • remove barriers to learning
  • promote access to the curriculum

We also work closely with specialist NHS nursing staff who support children and young people requiring long term medical support, for example, with conditions such as epilepsy or diabetes.

Contact: Lynne Johns, Head of the Specialist Teaching Team
Telephone: 01904 554204
Email: lynne.johns@york.gov.uk

Contact: Emma Sharpe, Senior Practitioner, Physical and Health Needs Team
Telephone: 01904 552536
Email: emma.sharpe@york.gov.uk

The Vision Support Team

Our Vision Support Team provides specialist support for children with reduced vision whose sight cannot be improved solely by the wearing of glasses.

We support children and young people by offering staff from nurseries, schools and further education colleges advice on:

  • classroom management
  • appropriate teaching resources
  • relevant assistive technology

We can also provide specialist training and advice on the development of mobility and independence skills ('habilitation').

Contact: Alison Bailey, Habilitation Officer and Specialist Teaching Assistant
Telephone: 01904 554217
Email: alison.bailey@york.gov.uk

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Specialist Teaching Team

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 555143