3rd Edition

The SENCO Survival Guide The Nuts and Bolts of Everything You Need to Know

By Sylvia Edwards Copyright 2023
    168 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    168 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The SENCO Survival Guide, Third Edition is an informative, accessible resource containing practical advice to help SENCOs manage their responsibilities and lead their school effectively towards a common goal.

    The book sets out a whole school approach to inclusion and supports SENCOs in mainstream or special schools at every key stage. This fully revised new edition features:

    • a focus on high quality teaching, with ideas for classroom practice to include and engage all children and young people
    • an introduction to SEN support and education, health and care plans, based on the Code of Practice graduated response
    • strategies to break the cycle of SEND low achievement and guidance on how to create a SEND-friendly environment
    • advice on the role of the modern SENCO, including assessment, provision mapping, preparing for OFSTED, disability discrimination and equality
    • advice on training, managing and deploying teaching assistants effectively
    • strategies to improve ‘pupil voice’ and independence
    • ways in which the enhanced role of parents can be harnessed in order to achieve maximum success for learners with SEND
    • conclusions from the author’s new ‘field research’ in mainstream, special and Post-16 settings

    This resource gives SENCOs the confidence, skills and knowledge to promote maximum achievement for learners with SEND and will help them develop and shape their schools’ policies and practices. It will also be of use to other members of staff looking for practical strategies to raise the attainment of pupils with SEN and disabilities.



    PART 1: Identifying the needs of learners with SEND


    Chapter 1: Rethinking SEND and Learning Difficulties

    Chapter 2: SEN Code of Practice

    Chapter 3: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


    PART 2: Providing for the needs of learners with SEND


    Chapter 4: Inclusion: Access, Challenges, Barriers

    Chapter 5: High Quality Teaching

    Chapter 6: SEN Support: A Graduated Approach

    Chapter 7: Education, Health and Care Plans

    Chapter 8: Multi-Agency Working

    Chapter 9: The SENCO Role

    Chapter 10: A Whole-School Approach

    Chapter 11: Developing Personalised SEND-Friendly Learning Environments


    PART 3: Evaluating progress for learners with SEND

    Chapter 12: Good Progress or Underachievement?

    Chapter 13: Developing Pupil Voice and Independence

    Chapter 14: Parents as Equal Partners

    Chapter 15: Walking the (SENCO) Job

    Conclusion: and SEND Review.


    Sylvia Edwards is a former teacher in mainstream and special schools, ex-manager of a Special Educational Need Support Service, and writer of 17 books on education and SEND: now an independent SEND consultant based in the UK.