Lead a school's effort to support its pupils with special needs and disabilities
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 how to best serve 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 are receiving the best possible support.
A SENCo will help arrange assessments for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), and ensure that they are being properly adhered to.
The SEND code of practice states that a school’s SENCo ought to be made part of the senior leadership team.
A SENCo must be a qualified teacher, typically with a considerable amount of 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.
Every state-funded school is required by statute to appoint a SENCo, whether primary or secondary.
Working as a SENCo can open up a rich array of 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 even as a trainer for other SENCos.