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What does a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) do?

Every mainstream school must make sure that there is a teacher who is the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) for the school. The main responsibilities of a SENCO may include: 

  • co-ordinating provision for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)  
  • talking to the parents of pupils with SEN 
  • talking to other schools where a child might be coming from or going to about the support and help they need 
  • being a key point of contact for educational psychologists and other support services, health and social care professionals 
  • ensuring that the school keeps the records of all pupils with SEN up to date 
  • advising school staff on using the graduated approach and providing SEN support in the classroom 
  • working with the Headteacher and governors to develop the SEN policy and to oversee the day-to-day operation of the policy 
Last updated: 29/09/2020

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