Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO)
A SENCO arranges extra support for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN). In schools they are qualified teachers.
Their job is to:
- make sure the SEN policy is used every day
- help staff support children with SEN
- work with parents to help their child
- work with local council support services
- work with other professionals, such as health services
Where SENCOs work
All mainstream schools and maintained nursery schools must have a SENCO. Smaller primary schools might share a SENCO between them.
Early years settings
Early years settings must meet the SEN needs of the children they look after.
To do this they might:
- find someone who can take on the SENCO job; childminders usually cover the role themselves
- share the SENCO job among a group of people
Find your SENCO
Speak to your child's school or early years setting to find out about their SENCO. Search our Family Information Directory to find a school or early years setting.