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Special Educational Needs coordinator (SENCO) Role and Requirements: Summary

What is the SENCO?

The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is a teacher in a mainstream school who coordinates the assessment, planning and monitoring of the progress of children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Who should I contact if I am worried about my child’s special educational needs or disabilities?

The first person to talk to would be the class teacher (primary schools). In a secondary school the form tutor or head of year might be the most appropriate person to talk with initially. They can then involve the SENCO if this is needed.

How do outside support services get involved in children with special educational needs and/or disabilities?

Most commonly the SENCO will be the person who links up with outside services and prioritises the pupils who need their attention.

Does the SENCO have to be someone specially trained or knowledgeable about special needs/disabilities?

The SENCO has to be a qualified teacher, or the headteacher of the school, and if recently appointed has to study for the National SENCO Award.

How can I find out more about the SENCO role?

For more information, please use the link on the right hand side of this page to access 'The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) – role, qualifications and training requirements' page.

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Last Updated: 24/09/2018
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