The Graduated Approach - Principles and Processes

You can download this Principles and Processes 18 April 2017 document if you would prefer.

About this Guidance

  • The SEND Code of Practice 2015 defines the Graduated approach as: A model of action and intervention in early education settings, schools and colleges to help children and young people who have special educational needs. The approach recognises that there is a continuum of special educational needs and that, where necessary, increasing specialist expertise should be brought to bear on the difficulties that a child or young person may be experiencing.  

  • Buckinghamshire’s Graduated Approach sets out the differing ways by which all children and young people’s Special Educational Needs and disabilities and aspirations may have their needs met, not just those children with statements of special educational need or Education, Health and Care Plans.

  • It aims to ensure all children and young people receive an appropriate education, one that is appropriate to their needs, promotes high standards and the fulfilment of potential.

  • Ensuring a high quality of life and education is at the centre of Buckinghamshire’s commitment to children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities and is set out in Buckinghamshire’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Strategy (2017 to 2021).

  • Buckinghamshire’s Graduated Approach sets out principles and provides key information and guidance on how high quality educational outcomes for all children and young people can be achieved. Key to the success of all children is timely and effective intervention from a range of partner agencies working in a consistent and coherent way in partnership with each other.

  • This document should be read in conjunction with the Early Years, School Age and Post 16 Intervention Guidance Documents.

Who is this Guidance for?

  • Parents and carers

  • Children and young people

  • Educational, health and social care professionals

  • All education settings

What is the purpose of this Guidance?

  • To provide an introduction to Buckinghamshire’s Graduated Approach for supporting children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

  • To outline requirements and expectations for all supporting and educating children and young people with a SEND.