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Role of the SENCO

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What is a SENCO?

A Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO for short) is a teacher, within your mainstream primary or secondary school, that aims to help you and others understand what your child needs to make their learning easier. A SENCO helps to spot these needs and can put in place, or make referrals for, relevant support to help your child succeed.

A SENCO should always base their decisions and actions on the SEND Code of Practice.

If there are any concerns about a child or young person’s (CYP) learning, the SENCO is your first point of contact for advice and support.

How should a SENCO support you and your child?

The SENCO is the first point of contact for parents and carers. SENCOs will provide you and your child with the information, advice and support you need to take part in the SEN decision-making process.

SENCos will liaise with external agencies including:

  • the Integrated SEND Service (EHC Coordinators, Specialist Teachers, and Educational Psychologists)
  • health and social services
  • voluntary bodies

Role of the EHCCO

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What is an EHC Coordinator?

The Education, health and care (EHC) coordinator (EHCCO) provides comprehensive casework management with EHC plans.

They manage and review the Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans, and ensure the efficient and timely assessment of children and young people aged 0 to 25.

They sit within the Integrated SEN Service which works on behalf of children and young people with severe and complex special educational needs and their parents.

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What is the role of an EHCCO?

EHCCOs support schools, nurseries, and colleges with statutory work for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).