Graduated Response for education based therapeutic support

The purpose of this document is to provide advice for London Borough of Sutton learning settings and families for supporting children and young people with speech and language, and occupational therapy related needs.

At the heart of this guidance is the belief that we must work together to provide an embedded approach, whereby learning settings, families and therapies collaborate to identify and deliver the best support into the everyday life of the child/young person in preparation for adulthood.

The SEND Code of Practice states that a graduated approach to meeting the needs of all children and young people including those with SEND should be used: high quality teaching is the first step when a pupil is not making expected progress. The vast majority of children and young people will have their needs met in this way.

Some children and young people may require support that is additional to or different from this ‘universal support’. This is termed ‘targeted support’. A small minority of children and young people may require support in addition to this, at a ‘specialist level’.

For the purposes of this document ‘therapeutic support’ refers to the communication and interaction, and physical and sensory needs of children and young people. This includes Sutton’s schools, academies, early education settings, sixth forms and colleges of further education supported by Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT) and Occupational Therapy (OT).


Download the Graduated Response for Education Based Therapeutic Support here.  This is a working document and will be regularly updated by Cognus Therapies to ensure that it provides up-to-date and accurate information.