SEND Children Thrive Graduated Approach

These resources reflect and support local schools with SEND processes; from early identification of need, making adjustments, SEND Support interventions and beyond (which is what we call a ‘Graduated Approach’).

How to use this resource

The resource is separated in to three parts:

  1. Best practice walkthrough
  2. Main THRIVE tool
  3. Getting risk support

Best practice walkthrough gives an overview of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and the graduated approach. It also provides guidance documents for parents.

The Main THRIVE tool is organised by type of need and key stage. The sections cover:

  • Getting advice (adjustments in the classroom)
  • Getting help (targeted interventions)
  • Getting more help (specialist interventions)

Strategies are suggestions and not a tick list and it should be the case that some children just need the first section and others need the first two and others need all three.

Hyperlinks have been included within the document to make it easy to locate information about suggested approaches and interventions. A glossary is included at the end of each key stage, detailing information and costings for each intervention in response to consultation with schools and settings.

The THRIVE model has an additional section about getting risk support and we have included a corresponding section to support schools and settings to manage risk in relation
to SEND. It is acknowledged that this is a standalone section that may be used at any point by staff to support with planning around children presenting with risk alongside the
graduated approach above. It is in no way a replacement for advice from local safeguarding boards or children mental health pathways.

Early years (0 to 4) and post 16 pages will be coming soon.

The THRIVE conceptual framework was developed by a collaboration of authors from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust