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Early Help & SEND - The Gloucestershire Graduated Pathway

SEN (Special Educational Needs)


SENCO                 - Miss H Redpath

Virtual School Leader - Mrs G Messenger

SEND Governor         - Mr D O'Driscoll

SENCO Administrator - Mrs C Martindale



SENCO Administrator Mrs Martindale -


All children can have additional needs at times.  These could be to do with their development, learning, communication, behaviour, or emotional wellbeing.  

Additional needs can be short term or long term so that some children may need additional help for a short period or time while others may need it for longer.


"Early Help - Providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child or young person's life"

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Rodborough Early Help offer identifies the need to help our children and families as soon as problems start to emerge, or when there is a strong likelihood that problems will develop in the future.  Early Help at Rodborough is offered through various areas in collaboration with other agencies.



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What is Gloucestershire's Graduated Pathway?

In response to the Children and Families Act 2014, which seeks to improve outcomes for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities, Gloucestershire has developed an approach that ensures children are at the centre of the support that is given.


The Graduated Pathway ensures that there are consistent reviews of progress made so that the type and level of support given will change as the needs of the child change.


In short, the Graduated Pathway includes:

My Profile - My Plan - My Plan+ - My EHC Plan


When your child is identified has having SEN, we will use the graduated approach based on four steps.  These are;

Assess - Plan - Do - Review


What is the Local Offer?

The Local Offer provides information and advice about the range of services available in Gloucestershire and how they may support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.  Education settings, health, care and community services have provided information about each of their services so that you and your child know what is available and what you can reasonably expect from them.  The Local Offer does not guarantee that a particular service will be available where you live, but should be a useful guide to what you can expect in your area.  Gloucestershire's Local Offer website can be found at the link at the bottom on this page.

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ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Advisory Teacher - A specialist teacher employed by the Local Authority to give advice to schools.

AN - Additional Needs

APS - Alternative Provision School

AR - Annual Review

ASC - Autism Spectrum Condition

ASD - Autisic Spectrum Disorder

ATS - Advisory Teaching Service

BSP - Behaviour Support Plan

C&I - Communication and Interaction

C&L - Cognition and L earning

CAF - Common Assessment Framework

CAT - Cognitive Ability Test

CIC - Child in Care

CIN - Child in Need

CME - Child Missing Education

Congenital - Present at Birth

CP - Child Protection

CYPS - Children and Young Peoples Service (used to be known as CAMHS)

DDA - Disability Discrimination Act

DLA - Disability Living Allowance

EHCP - Education, Health and Care Plan

EP - Educational Psychologist

ES - Early Support

FIS - Family Information Service

GDD - Global Developmental Delay

IEP - Individual Education Plan

MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulties

MSI - Multi Sensory Impairment - A combination of visual and hearing difficulties

ODD - Oppositional defiant Disorder

OT - Occupational therapist

PD - Physical Disability

PEP - Personal Education Plan

PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

SEAL - Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

SEMH - Social, Emotional & Mental Health

SEN - Special Educational Needs

SENCO - Special Educational Needs co-ordinator - This is the name used for the teacher who has responsibility for the co-ordination of SEN provision within a school

SEN Code of Practice - 0-25 years - A guide for early years settings, schools, Local Authorities and other statutory agencies about the help that they can give to children who have SEN. 

SEND - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Needs

SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty

SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty

SALT/SLT - Speech and Language Therapist

SMART Targets - Targets which are Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Realistic and Time limited

SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder

TAC - Team Around the Child

TAF - Team Around the Family

VI - Visual Impairment