How to Be a Brilliant SENCO: Practical strategies for developing and leading inclusive provision, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

How to Be a Brilliant SENCO

Practical strategies for developing and leading inclusive provision, 1st Edition

By Helen Curran


138 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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 The future SENCO role Appendix 5.1: Acronyms Appendix 7.1: Guidance for SENCO time allocation by school size and cohort

About the Author

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.

About the Series

nasen spotlight

The nasen spotlight series provides practical guidance and tried-and-tested resources for all schools and professionals involved in supporting Special Educational Needs. Written by leading experts and covering a wide range of important issues relating to SEN, the books include accessible explanations and examples of best practice, as well as tools and techniques that you can use to improve provision in school. Several new books are published each year to reflect your changing professional needs, and the whole series is brought to you by nasen, the leading organisation representing SEN professionals.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Inclusive Education