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Larwood School

Part of Larwood Academy Trust

Tiers Overview

Tier 1 - Universal Provision

Intended outcome: The Class Teacher and staff will use strategies within the classroom and for the playground in order to enable the child to function successfully during the school day

What should Tier 1 look like?

  • All Primary schools will identify a named Behaviour Lead.
  • The Behaviour and Mental Health Champion is an experienced member of staff – qualified teacher or HLTA, SENCO
  • The Behaviour Lead will support their colleagues with observation, advice and strategies. They will review progress and keep records.
  • All primary schools will have a clear behaviour policy, provide induction for stakeholders, have a clear communication system between home and school, train staff in de-escalation, provide in house support and CPD and offer pastoral and family support work.
  • It is expected that the leadership of the school will support new staff with general behaviour management strategies.
  • The Behaviour and Mental Health Champion will observe and record any support/interventions to inform future referrals.

Evidence Expected from schools

  • Behaviour management plans.
  • Individualised planning – reasonable adjustments made.
  • Evidence of strategies used and impact. Include strategies that did not work.
  • Engagement with parents, carers.
  • Engagement with external professionals.
  • Clear chronology, records kept.
  • Clear baseline assessment of needs – SDQ’s, Boxall etc.

Tier 2 - Behaviour partnerships (hub schools)

Intended Outcome: To share and develop good practice in behaviour management and self-regulation.

What happens at Tier 2?

  • One of the 4 DSPL2 Hub schools will offer support and strategies.
  • Hub schools are not experts but have a broad range of experience and strategies to support appropriate behaviour in the classroom and playground and have supported within their own school
  • Support can be either systemic across whole school/year group or individual for one child

Support may include:

  • Generic support and behaviour advice for teachers, TA’s and MSA’s.
  • Reviewing policy and current practice.
  • Resources to support positive behaviour.
  • Visits to the hub school.
  • Basic training MSA’s, LSA’s.
  • Peer observations.

How to access?

Prior to making a referral for Tier 3 support, schools must have completed the following:

  • Professional/ external agency advice
  • Begun to collate EHCP evidence or application in process
  • Whole school approach to De-escalation -Shown clear engagement with families

Tier 3 - larwood outreach

Intended Outcome: For more children to remain in mainstream schools receiving the education they need to overcome their difficulties

Support in Tier 2 needs to be in place in order to receive support from Tier 3:

  • Supporting the development of effective behaviour management strategies.
  • Guidance for creation, implementation and review of behaviour support plans.
  • Creating, and supporting staff to create, resources to support learning.
  • Strategies to assist with inclusion.
  • Advice on differentiation and curriculum development.
  • Facilitate discussion with parents and other professionals for additional support.
  • Discussion to generate, implement and review ideas and strategies.

What is expected from schools?

  • Effective communication is the key to a positive outcome for all.
  • Teachers need to be given time to meet with the Outreach provider and commit to the agreed strategies.
  • We work on an ‘Assess – Plan – Do – Review’ format to measure impact and effectiveness.
  • All weekly visits are written up and emailed out within 48 hours of the visit taking place.
  • Evidence Tier 1 and 2
  • Complete Tier 3 checklist
  • Complete Tier 3 referral
  • For a pupil focused referral, the forms must be signed by parents


  • Prior to making a referral for Tier 3 support schools must have completed the following:
  • Professional/ external agency advice
  • Begun to collate EHCP evidence or application in process
  • Whole school approach to De-escalation
  • Shown clear engagement with families. 

Tier 4 - The willow centre

Intended Outcome: A therapeutic intervention programme designed to help children be successful in their mainstream school.

What does Tier 4 provision look like?

  • A short term intervention for a maximum of 16 weeks designed to enable children to develop some of the skills they need to succeed in a mainstream setting.
  • The Willow Centre provides a therapeutic learning environment and a curriculum which is tailored to meet the needs of each individual child.
  • Tier 4 is a partnership intervention with schools, staff at The Willow Centre will work collaboratively with schools to support the child and develop the provision in place for them

What is expected from schools?

  • As with Tier 3 support, communication is vital to the success of the provision.
  • During their time at The Willow Centre, children will be encouraged to communicate with their schools in order to maintain a sense of belonging.
  • It is expected that school staff are made available for regular visits to and from The Willow Centre in order to strengthen the secure relationships, already developed between school and child.

Accessing The Willow Centre

  • Children will be referred to Tier 4 from Tier 3 (Larwood Outreach).
  • If school, family and Tier 3 support feel that Tier 4 is the next best step in supporting a child, their case is presented to the DSPL2 Behaviour Board.
  • The case is then assessed against a clear criteria and either a place at Tier 4 will be agreed or more appropriate support signposted.