1st Edition

The Post-16 SENCO Handbook
An Essential Guide to Policy and Practice

ISBN 9781138654655
Published February 16, 2017 by Routledge
122 Pages

USD $58.95

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Book Description

This accessible, practical handbook provides essential guidance to SENCOs in sixth forms and colleges of further education on how to manage the support of students with additional needs, and how to work with their colleagues, students' families and external professionals to co-ordinate effective provision. As a result of the revised Code of Practice 0-25 years (2015) it has been necessary for the FE sector to develop a new approach to the responsibility for, and support of, students with learning difficulties and disabilities.

With up-to-date information on supporting and taking responsibility for learners with SEN and disabilities, this book offers practical advice and guidance on:

• The expectations of Further Education colleges and an overview of the learning difficulties/disabilities that they may need to support;

• assessment methods and the importance of consistent, ongoing vigilance and analysis;

• the roles, responsibilities and staff specialism involved in providing different support for different needs;

• requesting and reviewing Education, Health and Care Plans;

• working with families, carers, schools and other external professionals;

• planning for the onward transition of a learner’s further education experience.

The Post-16 SENCO Handbook will be essential reading for those involved with provision for post-16 students with additional learning needs who want to deepen their knowledge and enhance their practice.

Table of Contents




List of tables

Chpter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice for 0 – 25

Chapter 3: Special Educational Needs in a Further Education context and

the role of the SENCO

Chapter 4: Assessment, identification and planning

Chapter 5: Identifying and managing support needs

Chapter 6: Working with colleagues

Chapter 7: Administration and procedures

Chapter 8: Working with families, schools and other professionals

Chapter 9: Planning for transition

Chapter 10: Conclusion

Summary of Action Points


Sources of Further Information

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Elizabeth Ramshaw, MEd, EdD is an experienced practitioner in the field of special education, particularly in the context of post-16 settings. She has been teaching and training governors and teachers for over 20 years and, most recently has also been teaching on the National Award for SEN Co-ordination course in the UK.