This graduated response document guides those that work with children and young people with special educational needs in Wolverhampton schools through how barriers to learning could be identified, and the strategies that might support them in overcoming these barriers.

This webpage and the Graduated Approach to SEND Guidance documents are currently under review. A working group, including school representatives, has been developed to oversee this work, and changes will be made to the webpage and documents in response to feedback provided by schools and support services. If you are a school representative and would like to be involved in the working group please contact for further information about how you can become involved.

It has been co-produced by over 80 people representing education (including school staff and specialist services), health, social care and parents/carers. We are grateful to everyone who has committed the time to develop this resource.
The document aims to provide clear and consistent guidance about assessing, planning, carrying out and reviewing support and intervention at each threshold of need, so all children, young people and families get the same needs led support regardless of the school they attend. The guidance also aims to support settings in fulfilling their duties in accordance with the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2015) and the Children and Families Act (2014).
The information and documents below have been specifically developed to help special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs), and school staff to support children with special educational needs and disabilities, however, the guidance may also be useful to early years practitioners, home-based childcarers and play workers, specialist services across education, health and care and also families of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families.
A guide for young people and parents/carers' is currently in development.

Video guides on how to use the document
An introduction to SEND development work for Wolverhampton Schools


An Introduction to Wolverhampton's Costed Provision Map Guidance


An introduction to Wolverhampton's EBSNA Pathway


An introduction to Wolverhampton's Graduated Approach to SEND


An introduction to Wolverhampton's My SEN Support Plan