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What does a SENDCO (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator) do?

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

  • co-ordinating provision for children with Special Educational Needs (SEND)  
  • talking to the parents of pupils with SEND 
  • 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 SEND up to date 
  • advising school staff on using the graduated approach and providing SEND support in the classroom 
  • working with the Headteacher and governors to develop the SEND policy and to oversee the day-to-day operation of the policy 
Last updated: 29/09/2020

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