Transitions…

This used to send a cold chill down my spine every year.  When I was a Primary SENCO it was making sure I’d passed on all relevant information, as a Secondary SENCO it was making sure I’d got everything I needed and hadn’t missed anyone out.  And what about those...

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The SENDCO Year

(An adapted extract from The SENDCO, by Abigail Hawkins, Consultant SENCO @ Edukey) There are a great many tasks that the SENDCO has to undertake throughout the academic year.  Some are related to the whole school calendar like parents’ evenings, whereas others are...

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What does an SEN file look like?

What does an SEN file look like?There are two uses of the phrase SEN file. The first refers to the file that contains all a child’s information about their SEN and provisions in place.  The second is the file kept by a SENCO ready for an OFSTED (or other) visit....

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SEN Money

There are two main sources of SEN funding in schools. The first is the SEN delegated budget (also called element 2 or the notional budget) and it usually comes as a shock to discover that it has nothing to do with SEN nor is it ringfenced to that area.  The second is...

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Data Collection

If you don’t know what to do with the data you’re collecting,  you probably don’t need it. This is an excellent mantra for SENCOs when faced with the mountain of data we inevitably end up with.  Education as a whole collects a lot of data and the role of SENCO is no...

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5 Steps to Effective Interventions

The term ‘intervention’ is often used to describe a short-term, focused teaching programme with specific intended outcomes aimed at individuals or small groups of pupils with particular needs.  Interventions are provided in addition to high quality teaching in the...

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