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Individual Support Plan

A graduated response template, known as an ‘Individual Support Plan’ (ISP) is being co-developed in collaboration with Burgess Hill / Hassocks locality schools and local authority officers.

Schools and settings in the pilot have told us that a universal West Sussex template needs to:

  • Develop consistency of practice across and within schools and settings
  • Aid early identification of need and equipping class teachers to develop their understanding of the needs of the child or young person that they work with prior to SENCO involvement
  • Be transferable so that the information can easily be shared between and within schools and settings
  • As practical as possible
  • Capture the impact of intervention so this can be meaningfully shared with services and parent carers
  • Strengthen the review phase of the graduated approach and support progression between assess, plan, do and review cycles
  • Develop a holistic understanding of the child or young person over time.

We have structured the form based on feedback from schools and settings.

The ISP consists of 2 sections:

Section 1: for use by class teachers. This section and the guidance has a focus on early identification and individualisation of quality first teaching practices (linking to the OAIP).

In addition there are prompts to provide scaffolding for the review phase. These cover thinking about the child holistically and what to do if little progress has been made.

Section 2: for use by the SENCO. This section and the guidance has been developed to support SENCOs to focus on the process of developing their understanding of children and young people. It scaffolds a sense of progression through cycles of the APDR process.

The prompts in this section are more in depth and the review summary boxes are designed to encourage holistic thinking between cycles and to support individualised planning for the next cycle.

The expectation is that this part of the template would be filled in on a needs led basis, over time.

The ISP has been piloted in the Burgess Hill and Hassocks area during the academic year 2022 to 2023. We are very grateful to the schools, settings and local authority teams who have provided feedback. Based on information received, the ISP and guidance has been updated. After the 2022 SENCo Conference many schools and settings in West Sussex have shown interest in this work. To support good practice in other schools and settings the latest version of the pilot documents are being made available on this page. Further information on support provided to implement the ISP in your setting will follow shortly.

The Early Years version of the ISP, which has been co-produced and piloted with Early Years settings can also be downloaded on this page. This template has been designed to build upon and facilitate effective early years practice and to establish a robust graduated response to support transition to school. Further information on how to use the EY ISP is given in the guidance document on this page.

Both the school age and early years templates will be piloted more broadly across West Sussex in September 2023.

If you would like to express an interest in becoming part of the ISP development group for the academic year please contact Maryanne Woodland.

Last updated 7 September 2022

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