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What Does a SENSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCoSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator) Do?

Learn more about SENCoSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator's
The SENSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCoSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator), in collaboration with the headteacher/principal and governing body plays a key role in determining the strategic development of the SENSpecial Educational Needs policy and provision in the early years setting, school or college in order to raise the achievement of children and young people with SENSpecial Educational Needs.


The SENCoSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator takes day-to-day responsibility for the provision made for individual children with SENSpecial Educational Needs, working closely with staff, parents and carers, and other agencies.


The SENCoSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator also provides related professional guidance to colleagues with the aim of securing high quality teaching for children and young people with SENSpecial Educational Needs.


In mainstream education settings the key responsibilities of the SENCoSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator may include:

• Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the SENSpecial Educational Needs policy.

• Liaising with and advising fellow teachers.

• Managing the SENSpecial Educational Needs team of teachers (if employed) and learning support assistants/teaching assistants.

• Co-ordinating provision for pupils with special educational needs.

• Overseeing the records on all pupils with special educational needs.

• Liaising with parents/carers of pupils with special educational needs.

• Contributing to the in-service training of staff.

• Liaising with external agencies including the local authority’s support and educational psychology services, health and social care and voluntary bodies.


Created: 27/01/2016

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What Does a SENSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCoSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator) Do?

Learn more about SENCoSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator's
The SENSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCoSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator), in collaboration with the headteacher/principal and governing body plays a key role in determining the strategic development of the SENSpecial Educational Needs policy and provision in the early years setting, school or college in order to raise the achievement of children and young people with SENSpecial Educational Needs.


The SENCoSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator takes day-to-day responsibility for the provision made for individual children with SENSpecial Educational Needs, working closely with staff, parents and carers, and other agencies.


The SENCoSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator also provides related professional guidance to colleagues with the aim of securing high quality teaching for children and young people with SENSpecial Educational Needs.


In mainstream education settings the key responsibilities of the SENCoSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator may include:

• Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the SENSpecial Educational Needs policy.

• Liaising with and advising fellow teachers.

• Managing the SENSpecial Educational Needs team of teachers (if employed) and learning support assistants/teaching assistants.

• Co-ordinating provision for pupils with special educational needs.

• Overseeing the records on all pupils with special educational needs.

• Liaising with parents/carers of pupils with special educational needs.

• Contributing to the in-service training of staff.

• Liaising with external agencies including the local authority’s support and educational psychology services, health and social care and voluntary bodies.


Created: 27/01/2016