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Special Educational Needs coordinator (SENCO)

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

The SENCO has strategic responsibilities for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy.

 Key duties include:

  • Supporting the identification of children with special educational needs.
  • Co-ordinating provision for children with SEN.
  • Ensuring that the school keeps the records of all pupils with SEN up to date.
  • Liaising with parents of children with SEN.
  • Advising and training other staff in the school about SEN
  • Liaising with other providers, educational psychologists and external agencies.
  • Liaising with the school’s senior management team and governing body.

The SEND Code of Practice (2014) states that all newly appointed SENCOs from 2019 must be qualified teachers and have the national SENCO training award, which has to be completed within 3 years of appointment). This is also an excellent professional development for experienced SENCOs as well.

How a SENCO can support parents

If a parent has a concern about their child they should speak with their class teacher in the first instance. If concerns persist then parents can request a meeting with the school SENCO who will be able to give further advice on appropriate next steps.

Parents can contact the SENCO in school as per the information on the SEND information report or going through the school office.

Last reviewed: 22 February 2021
Information Owner: Locality SENCO

Last Updated: 04/03/2021
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