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The School Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) Guide


SENCO stands for Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

A SENCO is a staff member at a school or educational setting who is responsible for overseeing provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The key roles and responsibilities of a SENCO include:

  • Coordinating support and education plans for students with SEND
  • Liaising with parents of children with SEND
  • Advising fellow teachers on SEND best practices and strategies
  • Managing teaching assistants and support staff
  • Overseeing implementation of the SEND policy
  • Monitoring effectiveness of SEND provisions
  • Maintaining accurate SEND records
  • Referring students for specialised assessments when needed
  • Staying up to date on SEND developments and training
  • The SENCO plays a critical role in ensuring students with special needs are identified, assessed, supported, and progressing effectively alongside their peers. They oversee SEND provision at an operational level within the educational setting.




Plymouth's Local Offer is organised into four main categories covering the following age ranges:

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