Primary school special educational needs coordinator (SENCO)

What is the role of a SENCO in a primary school?

Every primary school will have a SENCO. Their day-to-day responsibilities include coordinating specific provision to support individual children with special educational needs (SEN), including those who have an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan. This may include:

  • Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school's SEN policy
  • Liaising with and advising other teachers on the graduated approach to SEN support
  • Liaising with the relevant Designated Teacher where a looked after pupil has SEN
  • Overseeing the records of all children with SEN
  • Making regular contact with parents/carers
  • Contributing to the in-service training of staff
  • Liaising with external agencies including educational psychologists, health and social services, and independent or voluntary bodies
  • Being a key point of contact with external agencies, especially the local authority and EHC plan coordinators

To find out who is your school SENCO, please contact your local school. You can find contact details for all state funded Norfolk schools on our School Finder.

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