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Provision Guidance Toolkit

Page last updated: 15/03/2023

​The Essex Provision Guidance is for schools and other practitioners. It has advice on meeting the needs of children with special educational needs. The guidance has been created by educational professionals within Essex.

The Provision Guidance is based on:

  • good practice in schools
  • evidence
  • applied psychological theory
  • research

The purpose of the guidance

The purpose of the guidance is to support school staff and schools in responding to pupils' needs. It provides clarity and consistency when deciding the level and type of support a child needs.

Ideas for use

  • supporting One Planning by identifying what is needed to help a child meet their outcomes
  • as a self-help guide for practitioners when considering support in their classrooms
  • providing a point of reference for school staff when deciding which level of the graduated response pupils are working on
  • as an audit tool for individual pupils or for school practice identifying gaps in provision
  • new ideas for working with individual pupils
  • for working with parents and carers – it makes it clearer and transparent when talking about what level of support the school is making for your child

What it includes

It covers the main categories of need identified within Essex. Each area comes under one of the umbrella categories in the SEND Code of Practice.

  • learning difficulties and disabilities
  • social, emotional and mental health
  • autism and social communication difficulties
  • speech, language and communication needs
  • physical and neurological impairment
  • sensory (hearing, visual and multi-sensory impairments)
  • early years provision

​Provision Guidance Toolkit

Early Years Provision Guidance Toolkit

Other resources

Please note, not all of the documents above are fully accessible. If you require an accessible version of any particular document, please email​