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Graduated Response Tool

The purpose of this document is to ensure every child and young person in a Somerset school receives the support they are entitled to.

Headteachers must

  • Ensure the school holds ambitious expectations for all children and young people (CYP) with SEN.
  • Establish and sustain culture and practices that enable Children and Young People to access the curriculum and learn effectively.
  • Ensure the school works effectively in partnership with parent carers and professionals, to identify the additional needs and SEN of Children and Young People, providing support and adaptation where appropriate.
  • Ensure the school fulfils its statutory duties with regard to the SEND Code of Practice 2015.
  • Promote positive and respectful relationships across the school community and a safe, orderly and inclusive environment.
  • Ensure that responsibilities are met under the Equality Act (2010) with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements.
  • Ensure a suitably qualified and experienced teacher is designated as SENCO and allowed sufficient non-teaching time to carry out their duties.
  • Have a clear approach to early identification of SEN and response to identified needs.
  • Ensure School SEN Information Report is produced and published online in accordance with section 69 of the Children and Families Act 2014.
  • Ensure the SENCO is able to support and advise you and the governing body in determining the strategic development of SEN policy and provision –this is achieved most effectively by the SENCO being a member of the SLT.
  • Ensure the SENCO and governors are aware of the SEN budget and how it is being used and value for money is secured.

Did you know?

You must accept school applications from Children and Young People with SEN (and Looked After Children) and make reasonable adjustments for Children and Young People with disabilities.

Last reviewed: September 14, 2023 by Keir

Next review due: March 14, 2024

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