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New to the role of Senco

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by tandg, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. I'm due to start a part time SENCo role in a junior school in September and am feeling slightly nervous!! Any suggestions for where to start in this role or what to do in the first couple of weeks?!! It's a new jopb and a new school! Help!!
     
  2. I'm due to start a part time SENCo role in a junior school in September and am feeling slightly nervous!! Any suggestions for where to start in this role or what to do in the first couple of weeks?!! It's a new jopb and a new school! Help!!
     
  3. Encourage teachers to come and talk to you about their children, I was scared stiff to tell the SENCO when I first started teaching that I didn't know what to do with a child in my class who was miles away from the others!
     
  4. susanrk

    susanrk New commenter

    Things are changing fast in the area of SEN with provision mapping replacing School Action IEPs in many areas. You might want to read a book about this so that you know where you could head, if the school is amenable!
    I'd recommend:
    Beating Bureaucracy in Special Educational Needs: Helping SENCOs Maintain a Work-life Balance (David Fulton / Nasen Publication): Helping SENCOs Maintain ... Balance (David Fulton / Nasen Publication) by Jean Gross (Paperback - 10 Mar 2008)

    Only other advice is to chat to other local SENCOs as soon as you can and spend time getting to know children, parents, staff and specialists. This forum is great for questions too.
    It's a great role- really hape you enjoy it.
     
  5. I took on the role this time last year and was thrown in at the deep end; there wasn't even an SEN register or anything!! My outside agencies were really helpful and my head arranged for me to go on a course for new SENCO's which was really useful. I've redesigned pretty much everything; registers, IEP's and review forms. If you want a copy, leave your e-mail address, I;d be happy to help!!
     
  6. You have mail! Hope it's useful
     
  7. Please could you forward it to me. It's my first SENCO job too!Thanks
     
  8. You should have mail!
     
  9. How does school provision mapping differ to SA IE
     
  10. Provision mapping is a whole school document which maps out the interventions in place for children on the SEN register for each year group and each area of difficulty, e.g. speech and language, handwriting, phonics. The map details the children taking part, the adult delivering the support, the timing of sessions etc. School action children don't need an IEP, they can have a group IEP if necessary instead, as their needs can be addressed through the provision map. Obviously school action + and statemented children will still need IEP's
     
  11. That would be great thanks Sian - it certainly sounds like you know your stuff, I may get back to you with further questions!!
    My email is: clareylou@hotmail.com
     
  12. You have mail! Hope it's useful
     
  13. enjoyteach

    enjoyteach New commenter

  14. You both have mail! x
     
  15. Hi, been a SENCO for a while but looking to revamp things slightly and introduce the provision map, would appreciate looking at what you've done with your proformas, Thanks!

    chatty_teacher@hotmail.co.uk
     
  16. Hello, I am new to the role of SENCO and would also appreciate a copy of your pro-forma if you do not mind. My email addy is cass.ward@hotmail.co.uk Thanks
     
  17. You have mail- chatty teacher i've also attached a copy of a provision map for you to have a look at. We started it last year but are only really implementing it this year. Have a look and see what you think!
     

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