The role of the SENCO involves collaboration with school staff, parents/carers, the governing body, and a wide range of outside agencies from both health and education sectors. The SENCO seeks to develop effective ways of overcoming barriers to learning and sustaining effective teaching through the analysis and assessment of children’s needs and by setting targets for improvement.
The key responsibilities of the SENCO may include:
Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy
Coordinating provision for children with special educational needs
Liaising with and advising fellow teachers
Managing learning support assistants
Overseeing the records of all children with special educational needs
Liaising with parents of children with special educational needs
Contributing to the in-service training of staff
Liaising with external agencies including the LEA’s support and educational psychology services, health and social services, and voluntary bodies.