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Graduated Approach

Graduated Approach: Assess Plan Do Review Cycle

This is an approach required by the SEND Code of Practice which states:

Where a pupil is identified as having SEN, schools should take action to remove barriers to learning and put effective special educational provision in place.

This SEN support should take the form of a four-part cycle through which earlier decisions and actions are revisited, refined and revised with a growing understanding of the pupil’s needs and of what supports the pupil in making good progress and securing good outcomes. This is known as the graduated approach.

It draws on more detailed approaches, more frequent review and more specialist expertise in successive cycles in order to match interventions to the SEN of children and young people.

6.44 DFE Code of Practice


Why does the Assess, Plan, Do, Review process begin within the classroom?

As stated in the code of practice, “High quality teaching, differentiated for individual pupils, is the first step in responding to pupils who have or may have SEN. Additional intervention and support cannot compensate for a lack of good quality teaching” 6.37 DFE

It is important for the SEN department and pastoral teams to work with the subject teacher(s) to ensure teachers’ understand how to implement strategies to identify and support vulnerable students within a mainstream classroom environment. Staff should use the same principles of Assessing need, Planning for this, Doing (or putting this into action) and then Reviewing how effective strategies when thinking about differentiation.


What happens if the concern remains despite quality first teaching and the planning for needs undertaken by the teacher?

Where a student is identified as having a SEN need and has a barrier to learning, which requires a greater support despite quality first teaching, then the school implement a four-part cycle known as Assess, Plan, Do, Review.

It is important to note that this four-part cycle will usually start within the classroom environment, through formative and summative teacher assessments or through the student’s responses to the classroom environment.

However, when a student who is continuously underperforming or there is a concern regarding an unidentified learning, social and emotional or other special need, this four-part process becomes more formalised by either the SEN department or pastoral teams, through targeted intervention and closer monitoring. There are support meetings to consider additional support strategies as needed.


What happens at a support meeting?

An example relating to academic progress is below.

Step 1:  The student is raised at the support meeting and data is reviewed; an observation, file review and/or cognitive assessment maybe carried out depending on the need identified.

Step 2: SEN and wellbeing Teams will review the evidence and recommend a specific intervention.

Step 3: The child accesses the intervention over a period of time and their progress is monitored.

Step 4: The outcome is review by school’s data systems and findings are discussed at the next support meeting and with parents/carers.


What does the SEN support process look like at Front Lawn Primary?

Quality First Teaching will have been implemented and the student is issued a Pupil Passport by teachers and everyone involved in the child's education is made aware of individual needs and specific strategies required.

Where there is also sustained targeted and specialist interventions and support put in place, then an SEN support plan is issued, with individualised targets set according to specific need.

The SEN support plan is reviewed on a termly basis i.e. every 12 weeks. Review meetings can take place as part of the subject teacher evenings or separately. Parents/carers will be invited to review meetings or discussions.


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