Graduated Approach - Introduction

This Graduated Approach was developed to support the process of meeting the individual needs of all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

The Graduated Approach provides:

  • an outline of the provision and support that Blackpool Council expects to be in place in all educational settings which support Blackpool children and young people with SEN and therefore forms an important part of the Blackpool Local Offer for SEND.
  • detailed guidance on how educational settings can identify children and young people with different types and levels of need, along with information on appropriate steps and strategies to support them.
  • clear information about when a request for an Education, Health and Care needs assessment, or specialist services, may be required.
  • suggestions that should be considered in the context of each setting and adapted as appropriate. They are designed to encourage questioning and to support the gathering of evidence and evaluating how a setting is providing for a child’s or young person’s needs.

The pages are not a checklist of provision but should be used to improve learning and teaching for all children and young people and enhance SEN provision at whole school, class, group and individual level.

  • Initial Observations

    Class teacher, support staff
  • First Concerns 1

    Class teacher, support staff, parents/carers, child or young person
  • First Concerns 2

    Class teacher, support staff, parents/carers, child or young person
  • SEN Support 1

    SENCo, class teacher, support staff, parents/carers, child or young person (possible school nursing team)
  • SEN Support 2

    SENCo, class teacher, support staff, parents/carers, child or young person, external professionals
  • Complex

    SENCo, class teacher, support staff, parents/carers, child or young person, external professionals

Last updated: September 2021