Views being sought on SEND Graduated Response

SEND Published Thursday, 21st February 2019

Worcestershire is updating its Graduated Response guidance to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Parents, carers and professionals working with children and young people with SEND are being encouraged to help shape the Worcestershire SEND Graduated Response guidance.

The Graduated Response document is intended to be used as a tool for schools and settings and those partner agencies working with them. It is also intended to be an information source for parents, carers and young people to inform and guide in relation to the education of children and young people with SEND.

Where a pupil is identified as having SEND, educational providers are required to take action to remove barriers to learning and put effective special educational provision in place.  This is called SEN support and 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 support the pupil needs to secure good progress and good outcomes. This is known as the Graduated Response.

Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "We're really keen to hear feedback from parents, carers and professionals on our draft Graduated Response guidance.

"It's so important that the document gives as much useful information as possible to parents, carers and young people, as well as schools and education providers to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND."

Following the Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection in March 2018, a Written Statement of Action (WSoA) was required because of significant areas of weakness in the local area's practice. The Action Plan includes developing the understanding and implementation of the Graduated Response to meet SEND within maintained Worcestershire schools and settings.

The survey closes on Friday, 1 March 2019.