Our Graduated Response

Somerset’s Graduated Response Tool (SGRT) and Somerset’s Graduated Response Tool Early Years version now replace the Somerset Core Standards. This has been co-produced with stakeholders from education, health, social care, parent carers and support service teams.

SGRT sets out the barriers to learning that children and young people may have and the strategies and provisions that could be in place to support them.

Somerset’s Graduated Response Tool has been created to support all users to understand the Graduated Response to Special Educational Needs in the context of current legislation. The document makes it clear ‘what to expect’ in terms of what is provided and is written for parent carers, children and young people, school staff and those who provide services to families.

The tool sets out the provision that is ordinarily available in Somerset schools at both the Universal and Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support levels. We plan to have a recorded webinar video to explain the updates available on this page very soon.

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Somerset’s Graduated Response Tool

The tool sets out the provision that is ordinarily available in Somerset schools at both the Universal and Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support levels.

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Somerset’s Graduated Response Tool – Early Years version

The tool sets out the provision that is ordinarily available in Somerset early years settings at both Universal and SEN Support Levels

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Supporting documents

You can find documents to support your use of the tool below. The templates are available in a version that can be edited and most templates have a read-only PDF version.

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If you are going to use the versions that can be edited you will need to download them so that you can open, view and edit them effectively.

Somerset’s Graduated Response Tools Introductory PowerPoint

Somerset Graduated Response Tool Early Years Version September 2023

If you are new to either the school age or early years version of Somerset’s Graduated Response Tool, please use this Powerpoint and the video below as your initial guide. The Powerpoint and video refer to the Early Years version of the Tool, however they are entirely relevant to the school age version as the Powerpoint and video guides support with what the Tools are and how to navigate them, rather than any content that is specific to school age or the early years settings.

Somerset’s Graduated Response Tool Early Years Version Launch Webinar – YouTube

Graduated Response Flowchart

An example of what a Graduated Response might look like

This flowchart is intended as guidance for schools, parent carers and children and young people. It shows an example of what a Graduated Response might look like when working collaboratively to meet a child or young person’s Special Educational Needs. It signposts to useful documents and templates that could be used to support the implementation and recording of the Graduated Response. Hyperlinks to key documents are indicated through underlined text.

Quick Checker

Supports identification and conversations at the initial concern

An extract from ‘Somerset’s Graduated Response Tool’ to support the initial identification of barriers under the four broad areas of SEN.

The Quick Checker can be used to support conversations between class teachers and parent carers at the initial concern or Universal stage of the Graduated Response.

Universal Barriers and Strategies Record

Identify, record and review barriers and strategies

A table containing an extract of the Universal section of the ‘Broad Areas of Need’ in ‘Somerset’s Graduated Response Tool’. This could be used to identify, record and review barriers and strategies at a Universal level for individual children and young people.

Pupil Passport Template

Record interest, strengths, barriers and suggested support strategies

A child-centred template for recording interests, strengths, barriers and suggested support strategies. This could be introduced at the Universal level of the Graduated Response and remain in place at SEN Support alongside the Assess, Plan, Do, Review record.

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ABCC Chart and Prompt

A table to support the identification and recording of Social Emotional Mental Health Needs

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What we are working on

We are also working on the following areas and will add them to the Local Offer as soon as they are ready:

Information videos

We asked children and young people ‘If I need help with my learning, what can I expect?’ This animation features all of the fantastic ideas and opinions that children and young people suggested. This animation was created with a huge amount of help from our Young People’s Champion Nicole.

Kennedy introduces parent carers to the new co-produced Somerset Graduated Response Tool during October 2022 Local Offer Live sessions.

Other Local Authority Graduated Response or Approach

Education settings in Somerset are expected to follow Somerset’s Graduated Response.

For children and young people with SEND living in Somerset but attending school or education settings over the border, you can find the approach those schools will be following in North Somerset’s Graduated Response, (go to the Graduated Response and Top up funding downloads), Bath and North East Somerset’s Graduated Approach, Wiltshire’s ordinarily available provision, Dorset’s Graduated Approach and Devon’s graduated response.

Last reviewed: February 8, 2024 by Helly

Next review due: August 8, 2024

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