What is the role of the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) in school?
 

Every school has a SENCO who works with other teachers and parents to make sure the needs of children with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) are met by the school. A SENCO will become involved with you and your child if your child’s progress isn’t as expected once extra support from a teacher has been given.

The SENCO makes sure:

  • you (as a parent or carer) are kept informed about your child’s special educational needs
  • your child has clearly targeted support which is regularly reviewed and monitored
  • information about your child’s needs and your child’s records is kept up to date.

The SENCO also supports staff and other professionals working with your child and liaises with external agencies that may be involved with your child, including Surrey County Council’s specialist teaching teams, educational psychology services, autism outreach, health and social services and voluntary bodies.

The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2014 describes the importance of the role of the SENCO in all school settings and states that their responsibilities may include:


Mainstream primary schools

  • overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy
  • co-ordinating provision for children with SEN
  • liaising with and advising fellow teachers
  • managing learning support assistants
  • overseeing the records of all children with SEN
  • liaising with parents of children with SEN
  • contributing to the in-service training of staff
  • liaising with external agencies including Surrey’s support and educational psychology services, health and social services, and voluntary bodies

Mainstream secondary schools

  • overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy
  • liaising with and advising fellow teachers
  • managing the SEN team of teachers and learning support assistants
  • coordinating provision for pupils with SEN
  • overseeing the records on all pupils with SEN
  • liaising with parents of pupils with SEN
  • contributing to the in-service training of staff
  • liaising with external agencies including surrey’s support and educational psychology services, health and social services and voluntary bodies.

Useful links:


Search for support groups and services on the Surrey Family Information Directory

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact you school's SENCO.

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