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.
The tool sets out the provision that is ordinarily available in Somerset schools at both the Universal and Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support levels.
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.
Somerset’s Graduated Response Tools Introductory PowerPoint
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
Supports identification and conversations at the initial concern
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
Pupil Passport Template
Record interest, strengths, barriers and suggested support strategies
Teacher SEN Referral Process and Form Template
Template for raising an initial concern
Assess, Plan, Do, Review (APDR) Template
A template that could be used to record the Assess, Plan, Do, Review process
Whole school and individual pupil funding templates
Templates to support calculating whole school SEN funding, whole school provision costs and individual pupil provision costs.
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:
- Parent carer video
- Post-16 version – until this is ready Core Standards Post-16 applies
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.