Shropshire Council

Introduction of the graduated pathway

01 September 2017 Last updated at 10:08

Where a pupil is identified as having SEN, schools should take action to remove barriers to learning and put effective special educational provision in place.

The SEND Code of Practice specifies that it is for schools to provide high quality appropriate support from the resources they have available to them; including the amount identified in the notional SEN budget and any additional targeted resources, such as, ‘Pupil Premium.’ If a child requires additional targeted intervention that cannot be provided from the resources generally available to all schools, the local authority can provide additional top-up funding from the ‘high needs’ block.

Shropshire Schools can request additional funding through the Graduated Pathway which will also promote a more personalised and holistic approach to meeting the additional needs of children and young people with SEN. By removing the need to undertake the statutory assessment process to access high needs funding it is expected that schools will implement the appropriate targeted interventions at an early stage. The timely provision of high quality, targeted support will ensure children and young people with SEN achieve improved outcomes.

Further information and the documents can be found on the Graduated Approach page.