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Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by luckyduck2, Aug 23, 2006.
Does this also apply to Asst SENCOs?
If you are not a teacher the correct term should probably be 'assistant to the SENCo'. A much more accurate description I would think.
Do you have a degree? You can't possibly become a teacher without one. If you want to further your career without the studying then you should try for the HLTA status.
I am a TA but agree that only experienced teachers should be SENCO. Non teachers simply cannot demand the respect otherwise.
Correct me if I am wrong but I thought you had to earn respect,not demand it!
I am currently a Level 3 TA, but doing the job of Asst SENCO as ours is on long term sick leave. I am well respected by most of our teaching staff, and all of our SLT, and indeed by the students. Obviously there will always be a minority who see me as 'just a TA' but I believe that if you put in the work you earn the respect. And I can do the job just as well as anyone with QTS.
In private nursery education and playgroups which follow CGFS there are generally no teachers and they all have SENCOs.
A TA can only progress to SENCo if you have a degree, a PGCE and National SENCo award - you cannot become SENCO from a TA.
You cannot become a SENCO from a TA role without becoming a qualified teacher and gaining the National SENCo Award. All state run schools require this. The role of TA is vastly different from the role of SENCo.
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