Graduated Approach

The Graduated Approach [PDF, 2.4Mb] is a document for all teaching and support staff in schools. The SEND Code of Practice states that all teachers are teachers of children and young people with special educational needs.

The philosophy of achievement for all pupils is a key factor in the aspiration of North Lincolnshire for its children and young people.

Children and young people usually develop skills sequentially, but not always at the same rate. By understanding:

  • the developmental level
  • strengths
  • needs
  • and learning potential of children and young people

staff can set realistic aspirational targets which children and young people are able to achieve.

Focusing on the strengths of a child will be the starting point for any child or young person’s programme of intervention.


Good to Great for SEND

The Good to Great for SEND documents below give guidance for schools in analysing and judging the progress and attainment of pupils with special educational needs and disability and about making decisions about future provision.


SEN support: research evidence on effective approaches and examples of current practice in good and outstanding schools and colleges.

The SEND Support: Research Evidence [PDF, 4.60Mb] is a resource for:

  • mainstream leaders
  • teaching and support staff

working with pupils and students with special educational needs and learning difficulties and disabilities.

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Last modified: October 5, 2020