The Special Educational Need Coordinator (SENCO) will arrange for children with SEN to receive individual or small group support to address their particular needs. If necessary, the SENCO will organise support from external agencies and outreach services through appropriate referrals. In a small school the headteacher or deputy may take on this role. In larger schools there may be an SEN coordinating team.
Responsibilities of the SENCo include:
- working with, advising and contributing to the training of other teachers
- the teaching of, and maintaining records of, children with special educational needs
- keeping in touch with the parents of children with SEN
- working with other agencies, including the educational psychology service, medical and social services and voluntary bodies
SENCOs are based within your child's school and will make decisions on the educational needs of your child. When making these decisions the SENCO will always disscuss changes with the child's parents and the class teachers.
For more information on your child's SENCO contact your child's school.
For more information about the additional SEND support schools can offer please go to the Education > Local SEND Offer sections.