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The Graduated Approach

When a Special Educational Need has been identified the education setting should start a cycle of actions to make sure that they put effective support in place. The cycle is called the Graduated Approach and involves these stages:

  • Assess
  • Plan
  • Do
  • Review

There are lots of professionals that can help education providers to support children and young people and they should be involved through the graduated approach, depending on your child’s needs. For example, they might ask for help from a specialist teacher, an educational psychologist, a speech & language therapist or other health professional.

Schools are encouraged to develop a coordinated support plan to support children and young people who do not meet the threshold for an Education, Health and Care needs assessment.

You can access impartial information, advice and support by contacting Hartlepool SENDIAS Service.

Telephone: 01429 284876/07776491662

Email to: [email protected].

Further information about the SENDIAS Service can be found on the website: