The Role of the SENCO

The role of the SENCo is a busy one. While special educational needs is the responsibility of all school staff, it is the role of the SENCo to manage SEN within the school.

The SENCO, with the head teacher and governing body, plays a key role in the development of the SEN policy and provision in the school.

The SENCO takes day-to-day responsibility for the operation of the SEN policy and co-ordination of the provision made for individual children with SEN, working closely with staff, parents and carers, and other agencies. The SENCO also provides related professional guidance to other school staff with the aim of securing high quality teaching for children with SEN.

Key responsibilities of the SENCO may include:

  • overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school's SEN policy
  • advising and supporting other teachers/members of staff in the school/setting
  • overseeing/managing teaching assistants
  • liaising with parents and other professionals (Local Authority, Health etc) regarding children with special educational needs
  • carrying out assessments of children’s particular strengths & weaknesses
  • coordinating provision for children with special educational needs including the planning of future support.
  • ensuring statutory duties are carried out – for example the carrying out of Statement Annual Reviews.
  • overseeing the records of all children with special educational needs ensuring that relevant information is collected, recorded and updated
Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Inclusion Service

Tel: 01495 766929 or 01495 766968

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