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Levels of support & provision

Levels of Support and Provision

SLCN encompass a wide range of needs that require different levels and types of provision.


Provision at this level will be for a very small minority of children for whom universal and/or targeted support is not sufficient to meet their needs, although they still require access to those services.


Some children may need additional support at this level if their needs cannot be met solely by universal provision, although they still need access to those services.


Most children with SLCN will be identified within universal services and the large majority of these should have their needs met at this level.  

SEN Code of Practice

The SLCN Pathway is structured to fit with the graduated response that is a fundamental part of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice for Schools and Early Years Settings (DfES 2001). Find out more about the SEN Code of Practice.

Recording pupils' needs

For the purpose of school census data, pupils should only be recorded as SLCN if it is the pupil's primary or secondary SEN and they are at School Action Plus or have a statement.

N.B. Pupils whose first language is not English should not be recorded as SLCN unless they also have a special educational need in this area.

For further guidance and descriptions to support schools in recording pupils' needs in the PLASC (Pupil Level Annual School Census), see 'Data Collection by type of Special Educational Need' Reference: DfES 1889-2005.

Waves of Intervention

The SLCN Pathway complements the 'Waves of Intervention', the term used in schools to describe a strategic approach to teaching and additional intervention designed to minimise underachievement for all learners.

© Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire PCT 2011.

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External websites

  • Hello Campaign
    Here you will find what the Hello campaign is all about
  • Speech, Language and Communication Framework The SLCF lists all the skills and knowledge that everyone working with children needs to know to support the communication development
  • Language for Learning
    Provides courses and resources for staff from Early Years to Secondary Level and training and materials for trainers to deliver these courses within their own Authorities
  • The National Strategies
    Information from the Department for Education (DfE)

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This page was last reviewed 17 May 2013 at 13:41.
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