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Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

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A SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) is a teacher who is responsible for coordinating support for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

A SENCO's responsibilities include:

  • Identifying students with SEND: SENCOs work with teachers and other professionals to identify students who may have SEND. This may involve conducting assessments and reviewing student progress.
  • Assessing student needs: Once a student has been identified with SEND, the SENCO will assess their individual needs. This will involve gathering information from teachers, parents, and the students themselves.
  • Developing and implementing support plans: The SENCO will work with the student, their parents, and their teachers to develop a support plan that meets the student's individual needs. The support plan will outline the specific support that the student will receive and how their progress will be monitored.
  • Working with parents, teachers, and other professionals: SENCOs work closely with parents, teachers, and other professionals to ensure that students with SEND receive the support they need to succeed. This may involve providing training and support to teachers, liaising with other professionals such as speech and language therapists and educational psychologists, and advocating for the student's needs.

How can I contact my child's SENCO?

You can contact your child's SENCO by speaking to their teacher or by contacting the school office. The school office will be able to provide you with the SENCO's contact details.
 

What are my rights as the parent of a child with SEND?

You have several rights as a parent of a child with SEND, including:

  • The right to be involved in your child's education: You have the right to be involved in all aspects of your child's education, including their support plan.
  • The right to have a say in your child's support plan: You have the right to have a say in what support your child receives and how their progress is monitored.
  • The right to appeal decisions about your child's education: You have the right to appeal decisions about your child's education, such as decisions about their placement and support plan.

The importance of the SENCO role

The SENCO role is vitally important in ensuring that students with SEND receive the support they need to succeed. SENCOs play a key role in identifying and assessing students with SEND, developing and implementing SEND support plans, and advising teachers and other staff on SEND. They also work closely with parents and carers to support their child's education and liaise with other professionals to get the necessary support for students with SEND.

As a parent, you may want to speak to someone outside of the school or early years setting about your concerns and ask for some information or advice. The Plymouth Information and Advice for SEND Support Service is a specialist support service for all families in the Plymouth area. The service can provide you with impartial and confidential information and support about additional or special educational needs.

Any teacher who has taken up the roll of SENCO since 2010 is required to complete the National Award for Special Educational Needs.  Plymouth City Council SEND Service works in partnership with Plymouth University to deliver the National Award to all new SENCOs.

Frequently asked questions

What is a SENCO?

A SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) is a teacher who is responsible for coordinating support for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

What does a SENCO do?

A SENCO's responsibilities include identifying students with SEND, assessing their needs, developing and implementing support plans, and working with parents, teachers, and other professionals to ensure that students with SEND receive the support they need to succeed.

How can I contact my child's SENCO?

You can contact your child's SENCO by speaking to their teacher or by contacting the school office.

What are my rights as the parent of a child with SEND?

You have several rights as a parent of a child with SEND, including the right to be involved in your child's education and to have a say in their support plan.

 

 

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