Exploring SENCo dilemmas

Day-to-day challenges a SENCo faces can often indicate more serious problems in the school’s wider policy and practice. How, then, can SENCos delve beyond the obvious answers to reveal the broader issues that lie beneath? Dr Amelia Roberts presents three fictional scenarios.
Stressed teacher

SENCos are the multi-taskers of the education workforce. Due to changes in legislation1, the SENCo, or special educational needs coordinator, is now responsible for ensuring that the whole school works effectively towards inclusive practice. Many SENCos have, or are currently undertaking, the mandatory National Award for SENCos—a 60-credit, Master’s level, postgraduate certificate in leading and managing special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision—which includes understanding how to undertake and evaluate research, develop and scrutinise school policy, support colleagues, assess attainment and listen to the needs of pupils in collaboration with parents or carers.

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