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Workload of SENCo?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by MillyStar, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. MillyStar

    MillyStar New commenter

    Hello
    I am very interested in becoming a SENCo, and my school is supportive of this but I would like to know more about the actual workload. We are a two form entry school and the SENCo does all the work as well as teaching 4 days a week and setting and marking work for the day he currently does not teach. How much would this role encroach on my own personal life? I am happy to work 7am - 5pm but do not take work home with me or do any more hours and would not want to.
    Thank you
     
  2. MillyStar

    MillyStar New commenter

    Hello
    I am very interested in becoming a SENCo, and my school is supportive of this but I would like to know more about the actual workload. We are a two form entry school and the SENCo does all the work as well as teaching 4 days a week and setting and marking work for the day he currently does not teach. How much would this role encroach on my own personal life? I am happy to work 7am - 5pm but do not take work home with me or do any more hours and would not want to.
    Thank you
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    The role involves a lot more meeting with parents/agencies than for a 'normal' class teacher.
    Each child would have an individual IEP which must be negotiated and updated at least hal-termly.
    Paperwork is quite weighty (friend who is a SENCO always talks about the desk full of on-going paperwork).
    You'll need to read up regularly on the latest initiatives/policies as well as possibly preparing specialised resources (unless you have a good TA or team of TAs).
    So I doubt if you'd find it doesn't impact on your personal life and unlikely to fit those hours you describe, often meetings with parents/agencies will happen after school hours.
     
  4. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    I am SENCO in a very small school and find that I always need more than my allocated time to cover all the jobs. I often take work home even though I'm only part time. Then there is the SENCO qualification....... that's another story!
     
  5. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Forgot that one and I believe it's now obligatory to do it even if they've appointed you and you're ' in post', and it does involve a lot of study.
     
  6. I find the workload quite manageable now even though I am full time Y6, AHT and Maths. We overhauled the old system when I took over and now have a system that runs itself once the provision map has been created and timetables altered.
    I find the busy times for my SENCo role to be the start and end of terms where we analyse progress and sort the provision for next term so I group my SEN time accordingly (whole days out where the need is high and none in between). The Wave 3 programmes are run by the LSAs and the teachers deliver the Wave 2 intervention in classes. This was the big change from the old regime but teachers are happy to maintain responsibility for their children on the SEN register (as they should!) and are far more in touch with the needs of the learners. Previously it had been delivered by the SENCo outside of the room and had no impact on progress inside the room because it was so detached.
    There are obviously the 'hidden' demands - the things that turn up in your pigeon hole such such as reports, requests for reports, meetings with outside agencies but these are not that great to be honest. Our staff are very flexible with PPA times so, if the meeting cannot be moved, we just switch the timetables around for that week.
    Having said that, I did decide to drop out of the SEN Accreditation because I felt that was too much on top of the other roles. The LA days were useful but the expectations of the university did not fit in with the job demands as well as family life. Waiting to hear what happens when I am not accredited when my 3 years is up in July.....
    Anyway, good luck if you decide to go for it. Worth remembering that every SENCo role is different in terms of expectation and demand so you won't find a generic checklist of what a SENCo does.
     

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