Getting help at school from your SENCo

All mainstream schools have a teacher who is their special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCo).

Private and independent day nurseries also have a named SENCo.

What a SENCo does

The SENCo will listen to your child's views and feelings, and work out what they need to make learning easier.

They'll also:

  • help you to understand what your child needs, and keep you updated
  • put a SEN support plan in place
  • help you through the EHC process
  • make referrals to help your child (for example, speech therapy or educational psychology)

They are also responsible for:

  • how the school's SEN policy works
  • making sure that teachers and other professionals know what their responsibilities are
  • co-ordinating extra support for pupils with SEN
  • talking with parents/carers, teachers and other professionals

What to do if you're not happy with your SENCo support

A SENCo should always base their decisions and actions on the SEND Code of Practice. If you feel that they have treated you or your child unfairly, you should talk to the school's headteacher.