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Role of SENCO

Paragraph 6.90 (on pages 108-109) of the Code of Practice, linked to above, sets out the main responsibilities of the SENCO. It says that SENCOs may be expected to:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy

  • Co-ordinate provision for children with SEN

  • Liaise with the relevant designated teacher for looked after children, where a looked after pupil has SEN

  • Advise on the graduated approach to providing SEN support

  • Advise on the deployment of the school’s delegated budget and other resources to meet pupils’ needs effectively

  • Liaise with parents of pupils with SEN

  • Liaise with early years providers, other schools, educational psychologists, health and social care professionals, and independent or voluntary bodies

  • Act as a key point of contact for external agencies, especially the LA and its support services

  • Liaise with potential next providers of education to ensure pupils and their parents are informed about options and a smooth transition is planned

  • Work with the headteacher and governing body to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010) with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements
  • Ensure that the school keeps the records of all pupils with SEN up to date


The SEND Regulations 2014 include a list of the key responsibilities of a SENCO.

Regulation 50 explains that the responsibilities, as determined by the governing body, may include:

  • Selecting, supervising and training learning support assistants who work with pupils who have SEN
  • Advising teachers about differentiated teaching methods appropriate for individual pupils
  • Contributing to INSET for teachers at the school
  • Preparing and reviewing the information the governing body is required to publish

For each pupil who has SEN, the SENCO may be responsible for:

  • Identifying the pupil’s SEN
  • Co-ordinating provision that meets those needs
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of any SEN provision made for the pupil
  • Securing relevant services for the pupil
  • Ensuring that records are maintained and kept up to date
  • Liaising with and providing information to a parent of the pupil on a regular basis
  • Ensuring that if the pupil transfers to another school or educational institution, all relevant information is conveyed to the governing body or the proprietor of that school or institution
  • Promoting the pupil’s inclusion in the school community and access to the school’s curriculum, facilities and extra-curricular activities
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