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Support from Schools - SENco

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.


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