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Graduated Response

Graduated Response

Many children and young people who have special educational needs may also have a disability. The Equality Act 2010 defines disability as ’…a physical or mental impairment which has a long term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities’.  In this context ‘long term’ means over a year and ‘substantial’ means ‘more than minor or trivial’.  This definition includes long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, cancer and sensory impairments.  Many children and young people who have these medical/health conditions will not have special educational needs and their safe and full access to learning and progress will be covered by the duties set out in The Equality Act, including the requirement on all public bodies to make reasonable adjustments.

Whilst the needs of almost all children in a mainstream school can be met through the school budget, there may be a small number of children whose needs are so complex that additional funding is allocated to support them on an individual basis. 

In these cases, the school can apply for Exceptional Needs Funding at Cluster meetings. The Cluster can support the request for additional funding for those children identified as having Exceptional Needs that attend mainstream schools; academies; and private, voluntary and independent preschool settings.

Requests can be made outside of the EHC assessment process, or alongside EHC assessments, where a school has determined that they require additional support that cannot be met from within their own resources.

Requests for Exceptional Circumstances Funding should be made to Linda Orr, who will convene a Panel consisting of a Head Teacher representative, School Improvements Officer and School Finance Officer to discuss and consider the request.

Exceptional Needs Funding Forms

New funding requests for under £2k can be approved by Cluster.

Cases are required to have funding approved by Borough when:

  • A request is for over £2k at any point
  • A case where the running total goes over £2k for ANY 3 terms (regardless of academic/financial year), e.g.: Autumn 2016 request for £1500 for 2 terms followed by continuation request for £1000 for 1 term (total of £2500 for 3 terms ) must go to borough


Case Examples

Below are some examples of cases that may require Exceptional Needs funding. They can be used on guides on how to complete the paperwork.

Green is a secondary age pupil working 1 key stage below age expectations. 

Green's form demonstrates how to cost out equipment, group interventions and some 1:1 support

Blue is a primary age pupil. She was born with a hearing impairment but has recently been involved in a car accident and is now physically disabled. 

Blue's form demonstrates a reduced timetable and how to demonstrate cost changes when working back up to full time attendance, as well as bought-in provision and equipment

Red is a primary age pupil. Red has difficulty managing his emotions.

Red's form demonstrates how to adjust costed provision due to receipt of pupil premium as well as using bought-in provision