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SENCO Resources: Tools and Materials for SENCOs

by | Apr 7, 2023

SENCO Resources: Tools and Materials for SENCOs

As a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), you are responsible for ensuring that students with special educational needs have access to the support and resources they need to succeed in school. To help you in this important role, there are a range of tools and materials available to SENCOs that can help you to identify, assess, and support students with special educational needs.

In this blog post, we will explore some of the key resources available to SENCOs and provide examples of how they can be used to support students with special educational needs.

1. Assessments and Screening Tools

One of the key responsibilities of a SENCO is to identify and assess students with special educational needs. There are a range of assessments and screening tools available that can help you to do this, including:

  • Dyslexia Screener: This is a tool that can help to identify students with dyslexia and provide guidance on appropriate support strategies.

  • Cognitive Assessment: This is a tool that can help to identify students with learning difficulties, such as ADHD or autism, and provide guidance on appropriate support strategies.

  • Language and Communication Assessment: This is a tool that can help to identify students with language and communication difficulties, such as speech or language delay, and provide guidance on appropriate support strategies.

2. Planning and Intervention Tools

Once you have identified students with special educational needs, the next step is to plan and implement appropriate interventions to support their learning. There are a range of tools available that can help you to do this, including:

  • Individual Education Plans (IEPs): This is a tool that can help to plan and monitor interventions for students with special educational needs.
  • Provision Mapping: This is a tool that can help to map out the provision of support for students with special educational needs and ensure that interventions are appropriately targeted.
  • Classroom Strategies: This is a set of tools and strategies that can help teachers to support students with special educational needs in the classroom.

3. Professional Development Resources

As a SENCO, it is important to stay up-to-date with the latest research and best practices in the field of special educational needs. There are a range of professional development resources available that can help you to do this, including:

  • Training Courses: These can be face-to-face or online and can provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to support students with special educational needs.
  • Webinars and Conferences: These can provide you with the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of special educational needs and to connect with other SENCOs.
  • Research Papers and Journals: These can provide you with the latest research and best practices in the field of special educational needs.

Conclusion

Being a SENCO can be a challenging but rewarding role. To support you in this important work, there are a range of tools and resources available that can help you to identify, assess, and support students with special educational needs. By utilising these resources effectively, you can help to create a more inclusive and accessible educational environment for all students.

Abigail Hawkins FCCT

Abigail Hawkins FCCT

Director of SENDCO Solutions

Abigail Hawkins was a SENCO for over 25 years and has worked with pupils with all types of needs.  Abigail has worked with Ed-Tech companies on developing their software and also been chair of governors for a multi-academy trust. Abigail now runs SENsible SENCO and SENDCO Solutions, with the aim of working with SENCOs and inclusion leaders across the UK to improve their support for SEND pupils. See our school services for more information.

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