|1.||Education SEN and D||2.||Applying for a School||3.||Applying for a Special School|
|4.||Support from the School||5.||Concerns about Progress|
4. Support from my Child's School
A SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) is a qualified teacher who will advise you of how a school can/will meet your child or young person’s additional requirements. Early Years education settings have SENCos and Colleges have a named person with an oversight of SEN provision to ensure co-ordination of student’s needs. The key responsibilities of this person may include:
- Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the educational setting’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 educational setting’s resources to meet pupils’ needs effectively;
- Liaising with parents of pupils with SEN;
- Liaising with early years providers, other schools, Educational Psychologists, Health and Social Care professionals, and independent or 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 and their parents are informed about options and a smooth transition is planned;
- Working with the head teacher or college principal to ensure that the educational setting meets its responsibilities with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements;
- Ensuring that the educational setting keeps the records of all pupils with SEN up to date.
For more information on SENCO's role and responsibilities, please see LCC SENCO web page.