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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.

SENCOs must

  • Be able to support and advise the Headteacher and governing body in determining the strategic development of SEN policy/provision in the school –this is achieved most effectively by being a member of the SLT.
  • Have day-to-day responsibility for the operation of SEN policy and specific support to children and young people (CYP) with SEN, including those with an EHCP.
  • Be a qualified teacher and work towards a National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination within three years of becoming a SENCO.
  • Provide professional guidance to colleagues and work closely with staff, parent carers and other agencies.
  • Be aware of the Local Offer provision and provide support to families to ensure Children and Young People with SEN receive appropriate support.
  • Ensure your school keeps its record of Children and Young People with SEN up to date.
  • Compile an annual report for school governors about the provision for, and progress of, Children and Young People with SEN.
  • Have knowledge of the SEN budget and how it is used.
  • Advise on the graduated approach to providing SEN support.
  • Liaise with potential next providers of education to ensure Children and Young People and their parent carers are informed about options and a smooth transition is planned.
  • Work with the Headteacher and SEN Governor to ensure that the school meets requirements under the Equality Act 2010 with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements.

Did you know?

As a SENCO you are able to access the range of support available via SENCO Networks, the Virtual School Learning Support Team and Joint Pyramid Inclusion (JPI) meetings. Did you know?

Last reviewed: September 14, 2023 by Keir

Next review due: March 14, 2024

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