Provision Guidance

The Essex Provision Guidance provides an evidence-based reference for schools and other practitioners to include advice on all that could be done to meet the needs of children with special and additional needs.

The Provision Guidance draws on good practice in schools, and evidence-based, applied psychological theory and research. It has been created by Educational Psychologists in close collaboration with the Specialist Teacher teams within Essex.

What is its purpose?

The purpose of the guidance is to support school staff in the process of building on current good practice and to help schools to develop systems, skills and structures for responding to pupils’ needs. It provides clarity and consistency when deciding the level and type of support a child needs.

Ideas for use:

  • Supporting the One Planning environment through identifying provision to help meet outcomes

  • As a self-help guide for practitioners when considering provision 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 in partnership with parents and carers providing clarity and transparency when explaining provision the school is making for their child

What does it include?

It covers the main Categories of Need identified within Essex. Each area comes under one of the umbrella categories in the new 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


Operational locations

  • Essex