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Role of SENDco

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by Jac27, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. Jac27

    Jac27 New commenter

    Hello, I've recently been asked to think about the role of SENDco in my school as my head thinks it's a role I'd be good at. Whilst special needs have always been an area of interest I am concerned that I have no real expertise for what this role would entail, and have told my head as much, to which her reply was 'we all learn on the job!' Having been a class teacher for 17 years I know I will miss being in class. I would be interested to hear how others fulfil this role in their school, and be really honest about the work load/paper work. Many thanks.
  2. jumpingstar

    jumpingstar New commenter

    I took on this role with no previous SEND experience or training and just enthusiasm and in the 5 years I did it I left still learning. So your head is right. With the nature of special needs there is never a clear answer to a child as every situations different.
    You would have to do the national accredited SENDCO training which is 1/3 of a masters(takes the first year of being SENDCO) and is a lot of work but also very helpful.
    The work load depends on the needs of your school to be honest. Depending on what levels of SEND you have and how many on the Record of Need. I found it was a lot of meeting time and paperwork from the meetings/referrals/meeting professionals/distributing care plans/ supporting staff on how to manage care plans etc etc Don't go into it thinking you'll get any time to run interventions or anything as I tried but it never realistically happened (I had 2 SEN TA's who were wonderful and did all that and made resources .. they were my god sends)
    I only had 10% SEND but I had 4 afternoons as SENDCO time. I realise I was VERY lucky to have that time! (I also lead EAL, pupil premium, G&T, and parental involvement mind you!!!) I did miss being in class and have subsequently given it up BUT went into a specialist setting as my love for SEND developed through it ...
  3. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I don't think the role is quite how it used to be .Important that you can lead and manage staff in inclusive teaching and learning strategies. You need to model the practice you preach so staying in the classroom is imperative. Having the theory to back up the practice is important I think so some additional accreditation would be useful and give you some ' street cred .' You need to be methodical, organised, able to think on your feet and creative when it comes to juggling resources ( staff / timetables / provision ) and budgets. Have a look at the SENCo standards as a starter for ten . Good Luck.
  4. Jac27

    Jac27 New commenter

    It is coming out of class that concerns me. Our previous SENDco wasn't class based and worked 3 days a week. I'm full time so I suppose that does leave room for negotiation. Many thanks for you honest reply!
  5. jumpingstar

    jumpingstar New commenter

    @Josmond Yes I totally understand that, at first I thought it would be great to not always be in class. In reality I missed it loads!
  6. bookcaterpillar

    bookcaterpillar New commenter

    Hi, I have also been asked if I would like to become SENDco next year, coming out of the class and working part time. Initially I was told I would get an SEN/TLR payment but now the head thinks that I might not qualify as it is only for teachers with a class. Is this true? Does anyone have any documentation about this? All the documents I find refer to the criteria being: "a classroom teacher who....." - do I still count as a "classroom teacher" if I don't have a class?
  7. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    So the Head wants you to take on the responsibilty and be accountable but does not want to reward you ? I was Secondary and on + 5 ( old points allocation ) for my role . I don't recall these being broken down into an SEN allowance. I was also a subject specialist and taught half a time table approx. The other ( non contact) half allowed me to tackle the job !
  8. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    You get a sen allowance if you are teaching most of your time with children with statements/EHCP. Look as information on union webs also look in the sen code 2014 I'm sure there is something in there.
    As for TLR it is up to the school, look at your school's pay policy.

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