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*Graduated Response Toolkit: Guidance for Schools

The Graduated Response Toolkit has been produced in line with the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice 2015. 

The SEND Code of Practice (2015) provides statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and associated regulations.

What is the main purpose of the Graduated Response Toolkit?

  1. To provide guidance to schools regarding meeting the needs of children and young people with SEND at the Graduated Response level of The SEND Code of Practice

  2. To provide guidance to the LA to aid decision making for Education Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA) requests.

How are the materials structured?

They are structured into the four broad areas of need as outlined in the SEND Code of Practice:

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social Emotional and Mental Health
  • Communication and Interaction (divided into Speech and Language and Social Communication)
  • Physical and Sensory (divided into Physical and Medical; Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment)

The guidance in each area of need is divided into different sections:

  • Whole School responsibilities (the responsibility of the Senior Leadership Team)
  • Quality First Teaching (the responsibility of the individual class or subject teachers)
  • SEND support in school (the responsibility of the SENCo in school)
  • Guidelines for using Specialist Support Services (the responsibility of the SENCo in school)

Information for parents and young people on the Graduated Response

Special educational needs support in schools - the graduated response.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Staffordshire Graduated Response Toolkit: Guidance for Schools
Graduated Response Toolkit for schools SCC webpage
Last updated: 04 Dec 2019
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