At Cathedral School we firmly believe that all children have an entitlement to be educated alongside their peers. As an inclusive community we are committed to developing inclusive cultures, policies and practices. We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children. We make this a reality through the attention that we pay to the different groups of children within our school
At Cathedral we are committed to high achievement for all, supporting children and their families in making the best of the opportunities available to them. All children should have the opportunity to feel valued, to experience success and feel positive about themselves. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to get in touch.'
Peter Richardson - Assistant Head
Masters in Special Educational Needs - University of Leeds
We produce an annual report on our work with children with special educational needs or disabilities. Click below to read it.
The Children and Families Bill requires North Yorkshire to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs aged 0-25. This is the Local Offer.
The intention of the Local Offer is;
to improve choice and transparency for families
to provide an important resource for professionals in understanding the range of services and provision in a local area
to inform the joint commissioning process for children and young people with SEND by setting out in a single place what is available locally
It is central to the ethos of the SEND Green Paper which set out a vision of a new, transparent and holistic SEN system that the Local offer is co-produced with children, young people and their families.
For more details about the Local Offer please click on the link:
SEND Websites and Resources
www.ipsea.org.uk – A useful site for free, Special Education advice, based on statutory requirements
www.autism.org.uk – The National Autistic Society website; the main UK charity for supporting people with ASD and their families (contains lots of useful advice and resources)
www.attentionautism.com – For more information on Attention Autism and how you can support your child to develop attention and turn-taking skills
www.widgit.com/resources - Resources with symbols covering different topics and areas of life, including resources for fire safety and about visiting the doctor/dentist
www.special-needs-kids.co.uk – An information directory for parents and carers
www.iassnetwork.co.uk – Advice and support for parents of children with SEN
www.autismuk.com – Lots of information on ASD
www.downs-syndrome.org.uk – Advice and support, including booklets, to help with independent toileting, sleeping and managing behaviour
www.autismspeaks.org – A comprehensive site, with a useful resource library
www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/library_social_stories.html - A really useful set of social stories to share with children, covering topics ranging from coping with a new baby in the family to getting a haircut and making friends. The National Autistic Society website also provides guidance on writing your own personalised social stories
Useful, fun, websites with highly visual games for using with your children to consolidate early skills: