Planning support for your child with SEND – Assess, Plan, Do, Review

Assess, Plan, Do, Review is a cycle.  It is the way to support children and young people to make progress towards the things that matter to them. You might also hear this cycle being called the ‘graduated approach or ‘One Planning’ – these are the same thing. One Planning is what Essex calls the ‘graduated’ approach.

Section 19 of the Children and Families Act states that a local authority in England must take into account the views, wishes and feelings of children, young people and families. This applies to the Assess, Plan, Do, Review cycle.

The assess stage involves:

  • gathering views and evidence from parents and the child or young person
  • gathering views and evidence from practitioners who already work with the child
  • sometimes getting advice and further assessment from an educational psychologist, social worker or health practitioner

The plan stage involves:

  • agreeing the outcomes that are important to the child
  • agreeing short term targets from the outcomes which are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and have a time frame (SMART)
  • agreeing what support is required to meet these targets and who will provide it
  • deciding a date when you will meet to review what works and what doesn’t work
  • writing these in a One Plan document

The do stage involves:

  • putting the plan in place. This will include:
    • the teacher, health practitioner or key worker working with your child to deliver the plan;
    • the SENCo supporting the school staff to deliver what is in the plan;
    • sometimes thinking about what can be done at home to support the plan

The review stage involves:

  • looking at what difference the support is making
  • deciding if the support should continue, change or come to an end
  • regularly reviewing – at least once a term

Read more

The Essex One Planning Guide gives more detail on the One Planning process and writing a One Plan.  It is broken up into nine chapters and can easily be navigated by clicking on each of the headings on page 2.

Next step

If after reviewing the support together with the professionals involved with your child, you decide that a more intensive level is required, read the ‘When an Education Health Care needs assessment would be considered.’