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Senco interview questions

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by griffi2000, May 6, 2017.

  1. woolly2000

    woolly2000 New commenter

    I'm preparing for a job interview for a Senco position. Could anyone help me with possible job interview questions? This is the first time I've applied for this kind of role although I have a special needs background.
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Have you looked at the SENCO standards as a starter for 10 ? Background in SEND is useful ( theory to underpin the practice ) but this role is about leadership and management of provision so .... you may be asked about developing quality first teaching, making all staff accountable in addressing difficulties and disabilities / priority learning need how would you model, monitor and evaluate effectiveness ? So other areas to consider are appropriateness of documentation /provision mapping ( prioritising success criteria rather than listing things on offer ) , demonstrating value for money ( via deployment of TAs and resources ), communication with parents, staff training, ( audit and action planning ), raising the game / confidence and sensibilities of all staff and additional adults in SEND issues ( maybe through a steering committee for student support / handbook ), definition of 'progress' ( personal, emotional, academic and social ) - how do you demonstrate and report on it ? interpreting and acting upon data ( CATs ) , screening tools , involving/ reporting to Governors , working with paraprofessionals, managing change ....You don' t say if you are Primary / Secondary but I think most of the above applies equally. Just some random thoughts. Good Luck
  3. woolly2000

    woolly2000 New commenter

    Thanks that gives me a lot to think about. It's a very different role for me. I'm reading a handbook for Senco's and I'm hoping I can talk about lots of transferable skills.
  4. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I just read the other post - you were in special .. so if looking to move to mainstream and larger setting ... but yes I am sure you have transferable skills ... and this is my interpretation of the role - other colleagues may disagree. Best
  5. actilly

    actilly New commenter

    Questions: why this school?

    I got asked what was my biggest professional failure? looking for decision making and learning how i bounced back from it i guess.... blind sided me for a bit...

    What makes a good leader? What qualities do i have and what would i need to develop?

    How would i deal eith x and y (cp or difficult student issues)

    One on managing difficult or uncooperative colleagues (back to leadership questions) ....

    I also was given an unexpected cold task with a group of difficult students and had to be observed. There was also an admin task in different places this has taken different forms - letter writing a complaint, writing an EHCP up and data task.

    I wish you luck. Also if you google denco interview questions there an elaborate list too.
  6. Tinycat1234

    Tinycat1234 Established commenter

    Good luck!!

    You will prob get questions around:
    Impact of interventions you have led
    Dealing with challenging behaviour
    How would you know your successful?
    How would you identify/support others to identify SEND?
    How would you monitor impact?
    Work with other professionals effectively?
    Work with a colleague who was being resistant?

    Make sure you refer to the code of Practice!!
    It's a very data based role now so know your Raise etc.
    Keep up to speed with what's going on in the work of Sen at the moment e.g. the https://www.gov.uk/government/uploa...ile/561411/Rochford_Review_Report_v5_PFDA.pdf

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