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Post 16 Graduated Response and Toolkit

A graduated response to SEN is when a learner is identified as having Special Educational Needs and the college or provider must put effective provision in place to ensure that all barriers to learning are removed.

How the Graduated Response Guidance can be used

The Graduated Response sets out how a college or provider can implement support to young people across the 4 SEND categories. Every young person is different and so using this approach means the individual and their range of needs are considered when deciding how best to support them.

Colleges and training providers can use the Post 16 Graduated Response to help them:

  • gather information about the support received in school/required in college from schools, students and those working with them closely
  • meet with young people to discuss their aspirations, the courses and support young people think will help them best
  • agree written plans with young people that prepare them for work and independence and detail the support they will put in place
  • ensure the agreed support is put in place and that it is provided by appropriately qualified staff          
  • regularly review the support to consider its effectiveness, taking into account progress and changing aspirations; agreeing changes required.

Using the Graduated Response with young people, parents and carers

At every stage within the graduated response, all providers must ensure that they work closely with young people and their parents/carers.

Young people preparing to make their own decisions

From the end of the year in which they turn 16 young people have the right to make their own decisions under the Children and Families Act 2014. The right for young people to make their own decision is subject to their ability to do so as set out in the Mental Capacity Act.