Roles and Responsibilities
The Headteacher, Mrs Jones, has strategic responsibility for the day-to-day management of all aspects of the school’s work, including:
- Provision for pupils with SEN.
- Keeping the governing body fully informed,
- Working closely with the SENCO.
- Supporting the policy through resources.
The SENCO, Mrs Duffy, has day-to-day responsibility for the operation of SEN policy and co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual pupils with SEND, including those who have EHC plans. Mrs Duffy has the NASENCO qualification.
The SENCO has an important role to play with the Headteacher and governing body, in determining the strategic development of SEN policy and provision in the school. They will be most effective in that role if they are part of the school leadership team.
The SENCO provides professional guidance to colleagues and will work closely with staff, parents and other agencies. The SENCO should be aware of the provision in the Local Offer and be able to work with professionals providing a support role to families to ensure that pupils with SEND receive appropriate support and high-quality teaching.
The Key Responsibilities of the SENCO Includes:
- overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND policy
- co-ordinating provision for children with SEND
- liaising with the relevant Designated Teacher where a looked after pupil has SEND
- advising on the graduated approach to providing SEND support
- advising on the deployment of the school’s delegated budget and other resources to meet pupils’ needs effectively
- liaising with parents of pupils with SEND
- liaising with early years providers, other schools, educational psychologists, health and social care professionals, and independent or voluntary bodies
- being a key point of contact with external agencies, especially the local
- authority and its support services
- liaising with potential next providers of education to ensure a pupil and their parents are informed about options and a smooth transition is planned
- working with the headteacher and school governors to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010) with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements
- ensuring that the school keeps the records of all pupils with SEND up to date
The SEND governor, Mrs Sue Richardson, is the link person between the governing body and the school in relation to pupils with SEND. It is their role to help raise awareness of SEND issues at governing body meetings and give up-to-date information on SEND provision within the school. They also help review the school’s policy on
provision for pupils with SEND and ensure that parents have confidence in this provision. It is important they visit the school regularly to remain well informed; this usually means having at least termly meetings, as well as attending governing body meetings.
Provision for pupils with SEND is a matter for the whole school.
All teachers are teachers of children with SEND. They are involved in drawing up the school’s SEND policy and are fully aware of the school’s procedures for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEND.
- Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be things like targeted work, additional support) and letting the SENCO know as necessary.
- Writing Supporting Me to Learn (SM2L) plans, and sharing and reviewing these with parents at least once each term and planning for the next term.
- Ensuring that all staff working with your child in school are helped to deliver the planned work/programme for your child, so they can achieve the best possible progress. This may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources.
- Ensuring that the school’s SEND Policy is followed in their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with any SEND.