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Kirklees Specialist Provisions (KSP) and Outreach

Kirklees specialist provision (KSP)

In Kirklees the Specialist Provision teams consist of specialist teachers and support staff who have practical experience of working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in local mainstream schools.

The teams work with schools to support staff in promoting the educational inclusion and achievement of pupils with sensory needs (visual impairment and hearing impairment), physical impairment, those with SEMH needs and students with complex communication and interaction needs, which includes those with autistic spectrum condition (ASC).

What specialist provision outreach teams can offer

An initial meeting with school staff and parents. This helps to determine what support the Specialist Provision team can offer. This could include the following:

  • an observation of the pupil in school and other settings;
  • supporting schools to develop a clear package of support;
  • strategies to support the pupil in school;
  • direct support for the pupil involved, if appropriate. This may include modelling techniques for school staff to implement;
  • training and advice for school based staff;
  • liaison with other agencies with permission from parents;
  • linking with parents and carers;
  • offering advice for transitions, this can include key transitions such as moving from primary school to secondary school


The child's school will make a referral as they are the first point of contact for families and already have lots of information and understanding of the child. The level of support that is required is based on the child in relation to their individual needs and their stage of development.  Children and young people do not need an EHCP to access this support.

Specialist provision places within mainstream schools
Whilst the majority of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities will attend their local mainstream school; for some individuals, after a period of support it may be suggested that a place in a specialist provision may be necessary.

There are a number of specialist provisions within mainstream schools who provide support for pupils with more complex needs. Pupils in provision will access the majority of their learning and school life in an inclusive mainstream environment alongside their peers. Each pupil will have an individualised learning programme according to their needs. They can also access additional resources and expertise. The amount of time they spend in the mainstream environment and how they access it will depend on their individual needs.

CCI and Sensory (Hearing, Visual & Physical) Outreach

Schools can access Kirklees Specialist Provision (KSP) outreach via the referral form which can be downloaded by clicking this link. (downloads Word document).

For further information on the referral process please contact KSP Business Support Officer Kelly Smith:

You can contact the service directly to discuss the referral process. 
Telephone: 01924 483744

SEMH Outreach

For SEMH outreach, please go to the Ethos Academy Trust site which gives details of their support.

For SEMH support for children in Reception, Yrs 1,2 & 3 please use the the KSP referral form which can be downloaded by clicking this link. (downloads Word document).

You can request outreach support for children and young people in Y 4 upwards using the Kirklees Single Point Referral Form found on the Kirklees Single Point Referral Process (SEMH) page (opens link in new window).

Ethos Academy Trust also offer a SEMH Advice service via email. If you require advice please contact Ethos Academy  Trust through the following email address: 

Access to SEMH outreach is via an SPR form, which can be found here.  Details of how to complete a referral can be found here.

Contact us

Sensory and physical impairment; 

Complex communication and interaction needs; 

Social, emotional and mental health needs; 

The specialist provisions in Kirklees offer a number of fixed places and transitional places.  Fixed places are for children and young people with an EHC Plan who have complex needs and require a specific environment that cannot be replicated in all schools and so they must attend specialist provision full time.

Transitional places are available in order to identify and assess needs, establish appropriate curriculum and teaching strategies and prepare all parties for the child’s transition to the local school named in the EHCP. Students are normally able to attend on a transitional place for up to 6 terms (this may vary depending upon the actual setting).

Visual Impairment (as well as providing Habilitation outreach support)

Dalton School (Primary)

Moorend Academy (Secondary)

Hearing Impairment

Lowerhouses CE (VC) School (Primary)

Newsome High School (Secondary)

Physical Impairment

Newsome High School (secondary)

Complex Communication and Interaction - CCI (including autism)

Windmill C of E School (primary)

Honley High School (secondary)

Thornhill Community Academy (secondary)

Royds Hall Community School (secondary)

Social, Emotional and mental health (including behaviour issues and anxiety)

Ethos Academy Trust (Primary and secondary)

Last updated: 07/12/2020