Our Graduated Response


Somerset’s Graduated Response Tool now replaces the Somerset Core Standards. This has been co-produced with stakeholders from education, health, social care, parent carers and support service teams.

Somerset’s Graduated Response Tool sets out the barriers to learning that children and young people may have and the strategies and provision that could be in place to support them.

Somerset’s Graduated Response Tool has been created to support all users to understand the Graduated Response to Special Educational Needs in the context of current legislation. The document makes it clear ‘what to expect’ in terms of what is provided and is written for parent carers, children and young people, school staff and those who provide services to families.

The tool sets out the provision that is ordinarily available in Somerset schools at both the Universal and Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support levels.

Document preview

The tool sets out the provision that is ordinarily available in Somerset schools at both the Universal and Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support levels.

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Supporting documents

You can find documents to support your use of the tool below. The templates are available in a version that can be edited and a read only PDF version.


If you are going to use the versions that can be edited you will need to download them so that you can open, view and edit them effectively. You will need to do this for all of the documents below apart from the main tool, ADPR template and the Service Offer pyramid.

Graduated Response Flowchart

 This flowchart is intended as guidance for schools, parent carers and children and young people. It shows an example of what a Graduated Response might look like when working collaboratively to meet a child or young person’s Special Educational Needs. It signposts to useful documents and templates that could be used to support the implementation and recording of the Graduated Response. Hyperlinks to key documents are indicated through underlined text.

Quick Checker

An extract from ‘Somerset’s Graduated Response Tool’ to support initial identification of barriers under the four broad areas of SEN.

Universal Barriers and Strategies Record

A table containing an extract of the Universal section of the ‘Broad Areas of Need’ in ‘Somerset’s Graduated Response Tool’. This could be used to identify, record and review barriers and strategies at a Universal level for individual children and young people.

Pupil Passport Template

A child-centred template for recording interests, strengths, barriers and suggested support strategies. This could be introduced at the Universal level of the Graduated Response and remain in place at SEN Support alongside the Assess, Plan, Do, Review record.

Teacher SEN Referral Process and Form Template

A template for raising an initial concern where SEN Support may be needed. The template guides users through the actions required at a Universal level before a request for SEN Support is made.

Assess, Plan Do, Review (ADPR) Template

A template that could be used to record the Assess, Plan, Do, Review process for children and young people at SEN Support.

Somerset Service Offer as a Graduated Response

The diagram guides users through Somerset’s Service Teams’ Graduated Response to supporting schools. In addition, there are Service Teams links for the Support Service for Education (SSE) website to signpost users to more information.

What we are working on

We are also working on the following areas and will add them to the Local Offer as soon as they are ready:

  • Parent carer video
  • Children and young people’s video
  • Early Years Version
  • Post-16 version

Information video

Our Young People’s Champions recorded this video to explain what the Core Standards are about. Whilst the Core Standards have now been replaced, the Graduated Response information is still current.

Other Local Authority Graduated Response or Approach

Education settings in Somerset are expected to follow Somerset’s Graduated Response.

For children and young people with SEND living in Somerset but attending school or education settings over the border you can find the approach those schools will be following in North Somerset’s Graduated Response, (go to the Graduated Response and Top up funding downloads), Bath and North East Somerset’s Graduated Approach , Wiltshire’s ordinarily available provision, Dorset’s Graduated Approach  and Devon’s graduated response.

Last reviewed:August 10, 2022 byJennifer

Next review due:February 10, 2023

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