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School Age Graduated Response Guidance and Toolkit

A graduated response is when a school puts effective support in place for children and young people with identified special educational needs. By doing this, barriers to learning can be removed.

The Graduated Response covers 4 areas of need:

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • Sensory and Physical

There are 3 stages of support for each of these areas, starting with Quality First Teaching and increasing to SEND Support or Statutory Support (EHCP) if needed.  

At every stage within the graduated response, schools and colleges must involve children, young people and their parents/carers. 

The Graduated Response Guidance and Toolkit sets out how a school can follow this approach.