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Involving the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)

Involving the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)

When progress continues to be less than expected the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) may be involved to ensure that needs are identified accurately and that appropriate support is put in place.

The SENCO is a teacher with a particular role who works with parents and carers to ensure that children with a learning disability or difficulty receive the right support in school.

All schools have a SENCo and can be contacted through the school without having to go through any specific referral method.


What do SENCo’s do?

  • Helps to identify young people with SEND and secure their support
  • Link with parents and carers and to keep them informed of plans in place for their child
  • Liaise with specialist organisations and individuals who provide a child’s support
  • Maintain records of decisions and interventions on the child’s behalf
  • Delivers on school SEND policy


Every school will have a published description of how they support young people with special educational needs. 

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