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Please note that for all GRIP enquiries, please speak to your school or call the SEN Team on 01629 533190 and Call Derbyshire will put you through. Please also note that SSSEN will signpost you through to the SEN Team, SEND Officer or school

Derbyshire's Graduated Response for Individual Pupil (GRIP) initiative is for pupils with significant special educational needs in mainstream primary and secondary schools.

GRIP gives pupils access to specialist services, as appropriate, such as Support Service for Special Educational Needs (SSSEN), at this earlier stage and gives schools the earlier opportunity to reduce barriers to learning for pupils. If an application is successful, schools will receive GRIP funding straight away, without the 20 week assessment period for an education, health and care needs assessment (EHCNA).

Schools are able to submit documentation directly to show that a pupil's needs and barriers to learning require additional funding, above the resources normally available to them.

The GRIP funding will give schools and parents and carers the opportunity to be more flexible in how pupil support is best delivered and a range of interventions can be considered. Parents and carers must be fully involved and agree the GRIP Plan in partnership with school. The documents and forms supporting the GRIP initiative are attached to this page.


If you have any questions regarding a GRIP application or allocation for an individual child or young person at any time, please contact your SEND Locality Team.

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