Prioritising Personal Development as a SENCO

by | Oct 10, 2023

If our roles were depicted as an ever-evolving artwork (which, between us, they surely are!), think of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) as the brushstrokes that add vibrancy and depth. You wouldn’t dream of leaving a painting half-finished, would you? As we delve into the colourful world of CPD, allow me a cheeky nudge: if you haven’t yet, do check out the ‘SENsible SENCO’ weekly offer – a treasure trove of free CPD just waiting to be explored. But before you rush off, let’s discuss why those brushstrokes are so darn important.

 

The Ever-Changing Landscape of SEND

 

The realm of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is dynamic, shaped by evolving research, policies, and best practices. To stay effective:

 

  1. Keeping Updated: This ensures your strategies and interventions are informed by the latest knowledge and research.

 

  1. Adapting to New Challenges: The needs of SEND pupils can shift over time. Being aware of emerging challenges and techniques allows for proactive response.

 

The Value of Continuous Professional Development

 

Skill Enhancement

 

Through CPD, SENCOs refine existing skills and acquire new ones, ensuring they’re equipped to offer the best support.

 

Knowledge Refresh

 

The world of SEND isn’t static. CPD sessions offer insights into new research, methodologies, and best practices.

 

Networking

 

Engaging in CPD often brings opportunities to connect with peers, share experiences, and learn from others’ journeys.

 

Boosting Confidence

 

Knowing you’re up-to-date and armed with the latest strategies can boost your confidence, making decision-making more assured.

 

 

SENsible SENCO’s Bounty of Knowledge

 

The SENsible SENCO weekly offer is a fantastic platform for SENCOs to access free CPD resources. The reasons you should be regularly tuning in:

 

  1. Variety of Topics: From policy updates to hands-on intervention techniques, there’s something for every facet of the SENCO role.

 

  1. Expert-Led Sessions: Learn from the best in the field, ensuring the information is credible and impactful.

 

  1. Flexible Access: Being free and online, it’s a resource that can fit around your hectic schedules.

 

Making CPD a Priority

 

To ensure you’re regularly benefiting from CPD:

 

  1. Schedule Regularly: Set aside dedicated time in your calendar for personal development. Whether it’s an hour a week or a day a month, consistency is key.

 

  1. Set Clear Objectives: What areas do you feel need strengthening? Tailor your CPD choices to address these gaps.

 

  1. Engage Actively: Don’t just be a passive participant. Engage in discussions, ask questions, and apply learnings in your role.

 

  1. Feedback and Reflect: Post any session, take a moment to reflect on what you’ve learned and how it can be integrated into your practice.

 

Drawing our artistic analogy to a close, remember, dear SENCOs, that every brushstroke, every splash of colour matters. CPD isn’t just a box-ticking exercise; it’s the essence of our growth and effectiveness. And while we’re on the topic of valuable resources, don’t forget to explore the bounty that ‘SENsible SENCO’ weekly offer provides. Here’s to vivid, ever-evolving masterpieces, both in art and in our roles. Until our next artistic rendezvous, keep painting and keep learning!

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