Designated Specialist Provision

Designated Specialist Provision (DSP) are specialist provision for specific types of special needs as part of mainstream school or academy.

Children who are placed in DSPs do not require full time specialist provision but require some additional specialist support to access the curriculum. Their time is split between mainstream lessons and activities and the DSP.  

Each DSP offers a specialism.  The following list will help you find a DSP that is relevant to your child's needs.

Communication and interaction

Hearing impairment 

Social, emotion and mental health

Speech, language and communication


Related links

School admissions - EHC plans