Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO)
A SENCO arranges extra support for children and young people with special educational needs or disability (SEND).
Their job is to:
- make sure the SEND policy is used every day
- help staff support children with SEND
- 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 SEND 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 out more about SENCOs in early years settings.