1st Edition

How to Be a Brilliant SENCO Practical strategies for developing and leading inclusive provision

By Helen Curran Copyright 2020
    146 Pages
    by Routledge

    146 Pages
    by Routledge

    Helen Curran’s invaluable book aims to support new and experienced SENCOs with the task of developing and leading special educational needs provision and inclusive practice, through the exploration of practical strategies and approaches.

    This book takes a pragmatic approach to the issues which have historically been associated with the role of the SENCO; namely a lack of time, a lack of resources and often a lack of seniority. The book seeks to provide SENCOs with tried and tested ideas and strategies to support both the operational and strategic aspects of the role, to help SENCOs develop their role as a leader in school. The book covers the following areas:

    • The SENCO role in policy and practice
    • The SENCO as a leader
    • Developing relationships with pupils and parents
    • Challenges and opportunities within the role of SENCO

    A must read for any SENCO, this book draws upon case studies and real life examples, considering the ways in which SENCOs can shape and develop the status of not only their role, but also SEN and inclusive provision in their setting.

    Introduction  The SENCO role in policy and practice: beginnings to present day  The SENCO as a leader; your role, your school, your ethos  The SENCO as a leader: To be or not to be on Senior Leadership Team (SLT)  Leading and supporting colleagues  Developing relationships: pupils and parents  Managing your role: challenges and opportunities Appendix 7.1: Guidance for SENCO time allocation by school size and cohort The future SENCO role  Appendix: Acronyms 


    Helen Curran is a senior lecturer in SEN at Bath Spa University. She trained as a primary school teacher, later becoming a SENCO, assistant head teacher, local authority advisor and dyslexia consultant. Helen’s research focuses on SEN policy and the SENCO role; she is passionate about advocating for SENCOs, and the positive impact they can have on children, young people and families.