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The Graduated Response

Definition of Special Educational Needs (SEN)

A child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

A child has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age or has a disability which prevents or hinders them from making using of the facilities in a mainstream school.


4 main areas of need:

uCognition and Learning
uCommunication and Interaction
uSocial, Emotional and Mental Health
uSensory and Physical


SEN provision is that which is additional to or different from that made generally for others of the same age in mainstream schools.


The Graduated Response


“Special educational provision is underpinned by high quality teaching and is compromised by anything less”


The Worcestershire Graduated Response, as well as our personalised Westacre Middle School Provision Map gives guidance on the range of Quality First Teaching, targeted and specialist interventions that schools and settings can use to support a child or young person.



Understanding the Graduated Response video

SEN Support in Mainstream Settings- The Graduated Response

Graduated Reponse Worcestershire-Parent Carer version

The Family Conversation

SENDIASS are pleased to introduce their New Animation -The Family Conversation. The Family Conversation is used to decide whether to carry out an Education Health and Care Needs Assessment. They have created this animation to help people understand what should happen during this process.