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Education Teams & Service within Leeds

SENDIASS - Special Educational Needs & Disability Information Advice & Support Service - this is a service for parents & carers to help them navigate the various different processes and who can give people information about their rights and also have a good understanding of the legal frameworks around supporting people with additional needs - their website gives a good overview of their service & support available:  and this is the one minute guide:

SENIT - Special Educational Needs Inclusion Team - The team who can go into settings and schools to observe and give advice and guidance about how to support and include children with additional needs - their website info here: - the one minute guide:

SENSAP - Special Educational Needs Statutory Assessment & Provision team - responsible for deciding whether to undertake the assessment for an Education Health & Care Plan once a request has been made by a parent or carer or a school/setting, also responisble for creating EHCPs, reviewing & amending them and allocating school places in line with a child's EHCP and parental wishes - one minute guide here: and webpage here:


Current List Of Various Types of Specialist Education Provision in Leeds 

This link gives useful information about what kinds of specialist educational provision is available in Leeds and the surrounding areas - some settings offer specialist support within a mainstream school and others are completely specialist - it's worth having a read to see what is available: Leeds Specialist Provision List 2021


Useful Links on Inclusion

How Can I Make My Classroom More Inclusive - Blog from the Down's Syndrome Association Education Team: Link Here

Useful Education resources

Digital Parenting

Early Maths Skills

Maths Useful Tips


Other Education Resources

Down Syndrome Education International

Down Syndrome Education International is a charity that supports scientific research and delivers evidence-based advice and information to improve outcomes for children with Down syndrome worldwide. There are many resources on their website and opportunities for online training. 


Twinkl is an education resource bank for primary school aged children. Many of these can be accessed for free and some are SEND specific.


Education Funding

-If your child is aged 3 or 4 and recieves disability living allowance (DLA), the setting they attend is eligible to recieve disability access funding, which is £615 per child per year. They should contact the local authoritiy on how to claim this.

-Early Years SEND Inclusion Fund (SENDIF) is a system for sharing a budget to support children with low level needs and emerging SEND to early years settings. Find a simple guide to SENDIF here. 

-Early Years Funding For Inclusion (EYFFI) is for children in early years settings who have high level SEND. Find a simple guide to EYFFI here. 

-FFI is funding for pupils of school age with SEND.  Find a simple guide to FFI here. 


Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Click here for the notes from a workshop run by Ailith Harley-Roberts on EHCPs and School Funding. 

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