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Overview to the Graduated Approach

This guidance document is intended to be used as a tool by schools and education settings to inform their practice in the education of children and young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND).

A young person and parent carer friendly animation has been created to explain the Graduated Approach:

imageThe animation has also been turned into a leaflet - Understanding Support for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The document provides information on:

The term ‘Special Educational Needs’ (SEN) is used within this document to refer to all children and young people who have a special educational need and/or disability and term ‘Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)’ for all those with equivalent roles within colleges and early years providers. This document should be read in conjunction with the West Sussex Area Wide Offer found here, which sets out what the Local Authority expects education settings to provide for learners with special educational needs and disabilities.


WSCC would like to thank Milton Keynes, Wigan and Gloucestershire Councils’ for sharing their SEND documents which have been used to support the development of this guide.



Download the PDF version of the Graduated Approach