If a child is identified as having a special educational need (SEN), it may be necessary for a school to intervene to provide additional support for that child. This support should be provided through a process known as ‘SEN Support’. This is designed to help remove any barriers the child has to learning and put in place provision that will enable that child to benefit fully from their education, whilst also having a broad and balanced curriculum.
This support is provided through a continuously repeated 4-part cycle known as the ‘graduated approach’, revisiting and reappraising the support, and concentrating on what works best for the child. In this way, the support should become more refined and specialised over time, to ensure that the child continues to make good progress at school and that the desired outcomes are reached.
The child’s class teacher is responsible for the work that is done with the child, they work closely with Learning Support Assistants and any specialist adults involved with the child. The school offers many different forms of additional provision. This can include: additional in-class support; additional out-of-class support; flexible groupings (including small group work); access to specific resources; mentoring; and access to a wide range of outside agencies. The most important point is that additional provision depends on the needs of the child.