SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)

What does a SENCo do?

A SENCo (Special Needs Coordinator), also known as a SENDCo (Special Needs and Disabilities Coordinator), arranges a school’s provision of services for its pupils with special needs and disabilities. 

A SENCo works with the headteacher and governing body to set the school’s strategy for best serving SEND pupils. 

They are responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the school’s SEND policy while liaising with families and outside parties to ensure that all pupils receive the best possible support.

A SENCo will help arrange assessments for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and ensure they are properly adhered to.

The SEND code of practice states that a school’s SENCo should be part of the senior leadership team.   

What qualifications do I need to become a SENCo?

A SENCo must be a qualified teacher, typically with considerable experience. Upon becoming a SENCo, you will be expected to obtain a specific postgraduate qualification within three years - the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCO). 

Our partners at Best Practice Network offer a flexible NASENCo course that will give prospective SENCos the confidence to manage any schools’ SEND provision. 

What types of schools do SENCos work in?

Every state-funded school is required by statute to appoint a SENCo, whether primary or secondary. 

Where can a job as a SENCo take me? 

Working as a SENCo can open up many opportunities in and out of daily schooling. It offers a viable pathway to becoming an assistant headteacher or a leader in a SEN school. 

A role as a SENCo is an ideal springboard for setting yourself up as an education consultant or a trainer for other SENCos.

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