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Stages of SEN Support

The stages of SEN support at Thornton are indicated below:


Stage of Support  

 School Support

Specialist Support

Support Plan

Education, Health and Care Plan

Nature of Support

Quality First Teaching / additional support using school’s resources

This may be advisory or direct input with the pupil

It may or may not require some level of funding from the school

Additional support to access the curriculum due to significant and sustained educational needs. The school may apply for High Needs Funding, enabling the school to more effectively support the child.

This plan considers a number of needs which include a combination of education, health and welfare/social issues. Additional funding will be available to meet the child’s needs.


This is for the vast majority of pupls

This will be required in a minority of cases

This stage is for pupils whose ability is significantly below expected

An extremely small percentage of pupils reach the stage of an Education, Health and Care Plan (i.e. roughly 1%)