‘Fairness is not giving everyone the same thing.
Fairness is giving each person what they need to succeed.’

We ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress
in school. All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever

We have high expectations of all our pupils, especially those with additional needs, and our
role is to support everyone to succeed. Some of our pupils may need a little extra help and this
is where our Special Educational and Disability (SEND) support comes in.

Documents and Links

SEND Policy 2023

SEND Report

York SEND Local Offer

Website: yorksend.org
Email: yorklocalofferSEND@york.gov.uk

Ordinary Available Provision and Graduated Response

Most children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) will have their needs met effectively within the mainstream setting. Where a child or young person is identified as having SEND, schools will take action to remove barriers to learning and put effective provision in place. Schools’ professional judgement will dictate any reasonable adjustments that are made to meet need. These actions should be reviewed and refined through the cycle of Assess, Plan, Do, Review. We call this ‘The Graduated Response’.

The needs of the child or young person may change over time and provision should reflect this.

Where a child has complex, long term and significant needs with evidence to show that appropriate progress with SEND support, as outlined in our Graduated Response, has not been made, despite interventions and specialist advice, a statutory assessment may be requested.

The document linked below provides a set of minimum standards of all schools and teachers in every class for every child, known as Quality First Teaching, and any SEND provision which aims to complement Teacher Standards and the SEND Code of Practice across all our schools within Pathfinder.

SEND – Ordinary Available Provision and Graduated Response