Who can be a SENCO?
The SENCO must be a qualified teacher working at the school. A new appointed SENCO must be a qualified teacher and, where they have not been the SENCO at that or any other relevant school for a total period of more that twelve months, they must achieve a National Award in Special Education Coordination within three years of appointment.
Role of the SENCO
- plays an important role with the headteacher and governing body in determining the strategic development of SEN policy and provision in school.
- holds day to day responsibility for the operation of SEN policy and co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual pupils with SEN, including those who have EHC plans.
- provides professional guidance to colleague and will work closely with staff, parents and other agencies
- will be aware of the Local Offer and be able to work with professionals providing a support role to families
Key Responsibilities of the SENCO
Key responsibilities of the SENCO may include:
- overseeing day-to-day operation of the school's SEN policy
- co-ordinating provision for children with SEN
- liaising with the relevant Designated Teacher where a looked after pupil has SEN
- advising on the graduated approach to providing SEN support
- advising on the deployment of the school's delegated budget and other resources to meet pupils' needs effectively
- liaising with parents of pupils with SEN
- liaising with early year providers, other schools, educational psychologists, heath and social care professionals, and independent and voluntary bodies
- being a key point of contact with external agencies, especially the local authority and its support services
- liaising with potential next providers of education to ensure a pupil their parents are informed about options and a smooth transition is planned
- working with the headteacher and school governors to ensure that they school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010) with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements
- ensuring that the school keeps the records of pupils with SEN up tot date.