"Every child, whether in a mainstream or special setting, deserves a world-class education to ensure that they fulfil their potential. Everyone who works with disabled children and children with SEN should have high expectations of them and the skills to help them to learn."
‘Support and Aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability,
A consultation’, March 2011
The bestselling SENCO Handbook has been updated and revised. This second edition will enable you to create positive outcomes for all your SEN pupils, and provide you with the information you need to achieve the National SENCO Qualification.
Providing support and guidance for every part of the Senco role all in one place, this essential handbook will allow you to ensure that students are enabled to achieve their full potential and thrive at your school.
With the support of our downloadable templates, proformas and audits that you can adapt for your own setting and share with colleagues, feel reassured that your systems and paperwork are in order, that your colleagues are well trained and confident and your school is working well with other external agencies for the benefit of the students.
The SENCO Handbook (2nd Edition) will:
Enable your students to achieve excellent outcomes by offering you support and assistance with every aspect of your role.
Enhance provision for students within your school by giving you access to all of the information you need to do your job smoothly and develop effective systems for working within your school and within your budget.
Give you confidence to inspire and train other colleagues, including support staff.
Enable you to make a strong contribution in meetings with your local authority and to get the most from working with other agencies.
Enable you to work closely with parents and carers and to gain maximum benefit from their knowledge of their children, your students.
Enable you to feel confident to deal with tribunals.
Enable you to fully understand the potential allowances and support available for SEN students taking examinations, and ensure that your students receive their entitlement.
Give you access to relevant and useful information written by experienced and knowledgeable SENCOs – helping you use their knowledge and experience in your own school.
Save you time, providing all of the information you need in one easy-to-access file as well as material that can be easily reproduced.
Provide you with the information and knowledge you require to achieve the national SENCO Qualification.
Summary of contents
This second edition of the popular SENCO Handbook will ensure that you create positive outcomes for your SEN pupils, and provide you with the information you need to achieve the National SENCO Qualification.
Feel reassured that you have covered everything and save time with the downloadable forms, proformas and audits that you can adapt for your own setting and share with colleagues.
Each part of The SENCO Handbook explains successful procedure and offers practical proformas, references to further literature, assessments, paperwork and methods of working so that there should be little need for you, the practitioner, to have to look anywhere else for additional resources or information.
Part 1 – The Professional Context
Covers the broader and national issues that a SENCO should be familiar with
The role and responsibilities of the Senco
Legislation and policy
Part 2 – Strategic Development of SEN Policy and Procedures
Focuses on strategic and business requirements
Writing a special educational needs policy
Business management and ensuring value for money
Examination preparation for students with special educational needs
Part 3 – Coordinating Provision
This part of the handbook provides practical strategies and interventions to help the coordination of provision throughout a setting for students with SEN
Identification and assessment of need
Monitoring and evaluating provision: a strategic whole-school approach
Part 4 – Leading, Developing and Supporting Colleagues
This section will help develop strategies and systems to develop and support all colleagues within your setting
Working with colleagues
Supporting the professional development of colleagues
Part 5 – Working in Partnership with Pupils, Families and Other Professionals
Focuses on partnership working
Developing effective partnerships with external agencies
Listening to the student voice
Partnerships with parents/carers: practical guidance materials
Working with governors
Finally, there is a section with further information and resources, and an Index.
Each part of the SENCO Handbook explains successful procedure and offers practical proformas, references to further literature, assessments, paperwork and methods of working so that there should be little need for you, the practitioner, to have to look anywhere else for additional resources or information.