SENCO Support Groups: Connecting with Other SENCOs

by | Apr 8, 2023

Connecting with Other SENCOs: The Benefits of SENCO Support Groups

As a SENCO, you may sometimes feel isolated or overwhelmed by the challenges of your role. But you’re not alone! There are many other SENCOs out there who share your experiences and understand your struggles. That’s why SENCO support groups can be a valuable resource for anyone working in special education. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of joining a group and provide some tips for finding the right one for you.

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.

What are SENCO Support Groups?

These are groups of special education needs coordinators who come together to share experiences, discuss challenges, and offer support to one another. These groups can be formal or informal, and may be organised by local authorities, schools, or professional organisations. Some SENCO support groups meet in person, while others connect online through forums, social media, or video conferencing.

The Benefits of Joining a SENCO Support Group

There are many benefits to joining a SENCO support group. Here are just a few:

  • Networking: Connecting with other SENCOs can help you expand your professional network and learn from others in the field.
  • Collaboration: Working together with other SENCOs can help you develop new ideas and strategies for supporting students with SEND.
  • Emotional Support: Sharing your experiences and challenges with others who understand your role can provide a valuable source of emotional support and encouragement.
  • Professional Development: They often provide opportunities for professional development, such as training workshops or guest speakers.

Finding the Right SENCO Support Group for You

So, how do you find the right SENCO support group for you? Here are some tips:

  • Start with your local authority or school: Your local authority or school may have information about groups in your area.
  • Check professional organisations: Professional organisations such as the National Association of Special Educational Needs (NASEN) or the British Dyslexia Association may offer support groups for SENCOs.
  • Look online: There are many online forums and social media groups for SENCOs, where you can connect with others from around the UK.  I can think of a really good one, heard of SENsible SENCO?
  • Ask colleagues: Your colleagues may be aware of local support groups or have recommendations for groups that they have found helpful.

FAQs:

Q: Do I have to pay to join a SENCO support group?
A: It depends on the group. Some groups may charge a membership fee, while others are free to join.

Q: Can I join a SENCO support group if I’m not a qualified SENCO yet?
A: Some groups may be open to trainee SENCOs or others who are interested in special education.

Joining a SENCO support group can be a great way to connect with other UK SENCOs, share experiences, and find emotional and professional support. Whether you’re looking for networking opportunities, collaboration with peers, or professional development, there’s a group out there that’s right for you. So don’t hesitate to reach out and connect with others in your field! Remember, you’re not alone in your role as a SENCO.

 

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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