Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO)

What is the role of a SENCO?

A special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) is member of staff of a school or setting who has oversees the day-to-day provision for children with special educational needs (SEN). The SENCO is a qualified teacher who liaises with parents, teachers, the headteacher, governors and specialists from outside agencies to make sure the graduated approach to SEN support makes a difference for pupils.

A SENCO will advise on the use of the school’s delegated budget and resources. All the information about how the school supports children is contained within the school’s SEN Information Report that will be found on the school’s website.

The key responsibilities for a SENCO are:

  • Overseeing day-to-day operation of school’s SEN policy
  • Coordinating provision for children with SEN
  • Liaising with designated teacher where a Looked After Child has SEN
  • Advising on graduated approaches to SEN Support
  • Advising on use of delegated budget/other resources
  • Liaising with parents/carers of children with SEN
  • Links with other educational settings and outside agencies
  • Working with the head and governors regarding the Equality Act
  • Ensuring that SEN records are up to date

For more information on the role of the SENCO visit Early Years SENCO, Primary School SENCO and Secondary School SENCO.

Who do they work for?

The SENCO is employed by each school or early years setting.

Contact a SENCO

You can ask your school for a meeting with the SENCO. You can find contact details for all Norfolk schools on our School Finder.