Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Early Years SEND Offer – Tiered levels of Intervention

Gloucestershire County Council is committed to ensuring every child has access to high quality education suited to their needs, which equips them with the skills and attributes needed to make a positive contribution to their community and succeed in life.  

The Early Years Service offers a range of support, advice and interventions to all Early Years Providers which enables children with Special Educational Needs or Disability to enjoy learning make progress and access a local provision.  Support is offered through a Tiered Level of Intervention


The Early Years Offer - EY Offer

Tier 2 – Emerging Needs – Guidance

Tier 3 – High Needs – Guidance  


Social Communication Pathway (SCOM)

The social communication diagnostic pathway has been developed to help identify children with social communication difficulties. This will enable you and your child to receive the appropriate care and support so they can fulfil their potential. Please click the bubble below to access the leaflet for more information:

SCOM Pathway Leaflet


Code of Practice

Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years - statutory guidance for organisations who work with and support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

The Code of Practice provides statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and associated regulations and applies to England. It relates to children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabled children and young people.

The main changes from the SEN Code of Practice (2001) reflect the changes introduced by the Children and  Families Act 2014. These are:

  • The Code of Practice (2014) covers the 0-25 age range and includes guidance relating to disabled children and young people as well as those with SEN
  • There is a clearer focus on the participation of children and young people and parents in decision-making at individual and strategic levels
  • There is a stronger focus on high aspirations and on improving outcomes for children and young people
  • It includes guidance on the joint planning and commissioning of services to ensure close co-operation between education, health and social care
  • It includes guidance on publishing a Local Offer of support for children and young people with SEN or disabilities
  • There is new guidance for education and training settings on taking a graduated approach to identifying and supporting pupils and students with SEN (to replace Early/School Action and Early/School Action Plus)
  • For children and young people with more complex needs a co-ordinated assessment process and the new 0-25 Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan) replace statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs)
  • There is a greater focus on support that enables those with SEN to succeed in their education and make a successful transition to adulthood
  • Information is provided on relevant duties under the Equality Act 2010
  • Information is provided on relevant provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Code of Practice


Advisory Teaching Service (ATS)

This service provides specialist support for children and young people with SEN, disabilities and additional needs. Click the link to their website below to find out more:

ATS Website


Educational Psychology Service (EPS)

The Educational Psychology Service provides a telephone advice line for early years professionals Wednesday mornings from 9.30am until 12.30pm. Call 01452 427070 to talk to an Educational Psychologist. Or for more information about this service please follow the link below.

Educational Psychology Service

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