Parental Support

Parental Support

The SEN Code of practice highlights the importance of parents having a real say in decisions that affect their children. Yes @ Areté Learning Trust aims to help parents to make informed decisions by providing access to up to date information about services and support available to them


NYPACT (North Yorkshire)

North Yorkshire PACT is a collective voice for parents of children with disabilities and additional needs. They  support parents and carers by helping them find relevant information about what support is available for their children and how to access this support, whether it is for medial, educational or social settings.

They encourage parents and carers to participate and have their views and opionions listenend to so that they can directly influence the services that are available for children and for families across North Yorkshire.

The work alongside all the parent support groups in North Yorkshire to help keep parents and carers informed of both local and national news and events.

Membership of NYPACT includes a free Max card - the Max card provides free or concessionary access to hundreds UK attractions - many in Yorkshire. Details can be found on the 'mymaxcard' website.

NYPACT Registration Form

NYPACT Summer Newsletter

Dyslexia Network Plus (DNPlus)

DNPlus is a local association in North Yorkshire to support people with dyslexia, dyslexic type difficulties and other specific difficulties with literacy and numberacy. It is run by volunteers and based in the Hambleton and Richmond area, but is open to anyone in the region who is prepared to travel.

DNPlus hold a monthly drop in session on the last Tuesday of each month.

Dyspraxia Education is a non-profit organisation that provides a free help line for parents, teachers, driving instructiors and otehr professionals who may support children and young people affected by dyspraxia.

SENDIASS Coordinators

SENDIASS co-ordinators can:

  • listen to your concerns and worries;

  • provide telephone advice, information and support;

  • provide guidance with an education, health and care plan (0-25 years);

  • give you information about local services and the local offer;

  • help you prepare and contribute to assessments, reviews and other meetings including advice on visiting education provision;

  • help you try to resolve disagreements;

  • signpost you to the mediation advice service and support you alongside this if is requested;

  • provide information and advice about the special educational needs and disability tribunal;

  • provide letter templates; and

  • help refer or signpost you to an independent supporter, voluntary organisation or parent support group or other useful sources of information.

For enquires about special education needs and disabilities for 0-25 year olds,  call 01609 536923 (local rate call).

Ask Listen Do: Top Tips for Families & Carers

Parents are welcome to all advertised training sessions.

Check our training page for training specifically aimed at parents.


North Yorkshire County Council is responsible under the Children and Families Act 2014 for reviewing how special education is provided in North Yorkshire. They are looking for feedback from parents/carer via a feedback form which once completed should be emailed to 

Yes @ Areté Learning Trust is committed to ensuring that students and parents with a 'Learning Difference' have up to date information about gaining employment following full time education.

1. The Government are currently working on implementing the recommendations made by Paul Maynard's 2016 Taskforce in order to increase the number of apprenticeshps for students with a learning disability.

2. Preparing for Adulthood is a website funded by the DfE to support Local Authorities and their partners to embed preparing from Adulthood from the earliest years.

3. The Westminster AchieveAbility Commision for Dyslexia and Neurodivergence have produced a report Neurodiverse Voices: Opening Doors to Employment. Hailed as a groundbreaking report it has been developed with focus groups, extensive surveys, expert witnesses, employers and written evidence.  This significant study  is aligned with the government’s stated aim of increasing the number of people with disabilities in employment, set out in the Improving Lives Green Paper (2016) and Command Paper (2017). It  highlights the abilities and workplace support needs of the large neurodivergent population and points to better recruitment and retention practices, for the benefit of the national economy. It highlights a widespread lack of awareness, failures in government support and workplace discrimination - but also many examples of good practice as most neurodivergent people are able and skilled - it is recruitment processes that disable them.

4. Neurodiversity at Work is a guide for HR Professionals who want to find out more about Neurodiversity, the benefits to their organisation and how they can support neurodivergent people to be more comfortable and successful at work.

5. The SEND GATSBY Benchmark Toolkit A blue-print of what good careers provision looks like. Clear advice on how all schools can help young people with SEN needs and disabilities move into the fast changing world of work.

6. Disability Confident is a government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.  It has replaced the previous Two Ticks Positive About Disabled People scheme.

It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives. The Disability Confident scheme has three levels that have been designed to support organisations.  It aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people.  

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