Support for the SENCO
Saturday, April 2, 2016
The role of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is as varied as it is key to the successful running of a pre-school. Karen Hart outlines available training which brings skills bang up to date.
A SENCO's role is invaluable to parents and carers as well as the children in their care, providing both a line of communication between themselves and SEN professionals and emotional support when required.
The latest findings by the Pre-School Learning Alliance, obtained through a questionnaire designed to gather information on issues of inclusion in pre-school settings, found that almost three-quarters of SENCOs felt they accessed sufficient training to help them fulfil their role. However, of those SENCOs who felt that they did not access sufficient training (28 per cent), ambiguity around what was relevant for different kinds of settings and the constantly changing legislation were cited as areas where it was felt there was a need for further training and support, stating that they would be interested in taking on some courses and/or training.
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