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:
The document provides information on:
- The ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ steps of the Graduated Approach;
- A range of Quality First Teaching, targeted and specialist interventions that schools and education settings could use to support a child or young person;
- Examples of how schools and settings can support and engage parents and carers.
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.