Targeted and Specialist Provision
Levels of support and provision
The needs of the majority of children should be met through a
universal approach. Universal
provision and support is intended for all children. In educational
settings it may be described as Wave
1 provision or Quality First
Teaching and may include whole school projects or initiatives
such as ECAT and Language Link.
However children whose needs are not met by the universal
approach alone may need some additional provision and support.
Targeted provision is generally support, provision or services
for groups of children who may have additional needs but have not
been individually referred to a specialist service. In educational
settings children at this level of support may be considered to be
at Early Years Action or School Action on the SEN Code of Practice.
This level of provision may also be referred to as Wave 2
Early Years Action or School Action (SEN Code of Practice DfES 2001) may need
to be considered if the child is not making 'adequate' (as defined
by SEN Code of Practice) or satisfactory progress or if there are
on-going concerns. One of the purposes of EY or School Action is to
inform provision and to ensure that children receive appropriate
and timely support.
Specialist provision generally refers to
support and services provided by specialists in education,
health or social care following individual referral and
specialist assessment. In educational settings children
at this level of support may be considered to be at Early Years
Action Plus or School Action Plus on the SEN Code of Practice. In
schools, this level of provision may also be referred to as
Early Years (EY) Action Plus or School Action
Plus is characterised by the involvement of external support services who can provide
more specialist assessments and give advice on additional
strategies and resources to help support the child. The decision to
move a child to EY or School Action PLUS should be taken if the
child is not making reasonable progress, as defined by the SEN Code
of Practice (DfES, 2001) at EY Action or School Action.
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Within the SLCN Pathway :
- The use of child/children
refers to children and young people
- The use of setting includes
childminders, children's centres, nurseries, pre-schools,
- The use of parents refers to
parents and carers.
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