What to Look for When Hiring a SENCO

Written by Dan

When it comes to hiring a SENCO, schools have a lot of things to consider. What are the school’s needs? What is the budget? What are the qualifications of the candidates? In this blog post, we will discuss what schools should look for when hiring a SENCO. We will talk about the qualifications and experience that candidates should have, as well as the budget that schools should set aside for this position.

What is a SENCO and what do they do in a school setting?

A SENCO is a Special Educational Needs Coordinator. They are responsible for identifying, assessing, and making provisions for pupils with special educational needs (SEN). In England, the SEN Code of Practice sets out the statutory responsibilities of local authorities, schools, and other agencies to children and young people with SEN. The SENCO is typically responsible for ensuring that all parties involved in a child’s education are aware of their SEN and are working together to meet their needs.

This might involve liaising with teachers and support staff, drafting Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and coordinating provisions such as specialist teaching or additional resources. In short, the SENCO plays a vital role in supporting pupils with SEN in achieving their full potential.


The qualities that make a good SENCO

The job of a SENCO or Special Educational Needs Coordinator, is to support children with special educational needs in mainstream classrooms. This can be a demanding and rewarding role, as it requires a SENCO to have a deep understanding of both the needs of individual children and the resources available to meet those needs.

A good SENCO will also be an excellent communicator, able to build strong relationships with both parents and teachers. In addition, they will be highly organised and have a keen eye for detail, as they will need to keep track of individual education plans and progress reports. Ultimately, the best SENCOs are those who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children with special educational needs. If you have the necessary skills and qualities, then this could be the perfect role for you.

How to find the right SENCO for your school

As the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms take effect, more and more schools are appointing a full-time SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator). This is a complex and challenging role, so it is important to choose the right candidate. Here are some tips to help you find the ideal SENCO for your school.

First, consider the size of your school and the number of pupils with SEND. A large school with a high proportion of pupils with SEND will require a SENCO with experience in managing a large team and a complex caseload. On the other hand, a smaller school with fewer pupils with SEND may benefit from a SENCO that can offer more tailored support.

Next, think about the type of support your school needs. Some schools may require a SENCO who is experienced in working with specific types of SEND, such as autism or dyslexia. Others may need a SENCO who can provide generalist support across all areas of SEND. Once you have identified your school’s specific needs, you can begin to narrow down your search.

Finally, consider the resources available to your school. A SENCO who is experienced in securing external funding and support might be ideal for a school with limited resources. Alternatively, a SENCO that has good links with local authority services could be beneficial for a school that receives less funding. Ultimately, the right SENCO for your school will be someone who can meet its specific needs within the resources available.

What to expect during the hiring process

The hiring process for schools can be extremely competitive. There are generally a lot of qualified applicants for each open position, so it is important to stand out from the crowd as. The best way to do this is to be prepared and organized throughout the entire process.

The first step is to submit a strong application. Your application should include all relevant experience and qualifications, as well as any special skills or certifications that you have. In addition, be sure to showcase your unique talents and abilities. This is your chance to really sell yourself to the school.

Once your application has been submitted, the next step is usually an interview. This is your chance to make a good impression in person. Be sure to dress professionally and arrive early. During the interview, be honest and forthright in your answers. The goal is to convince the school that you are the best candidate for the job.

If you are offered the job, congratulations! You have made it through a tough hiring process. Be sure to take some time to celebrate your achievement before getting started in your new role. After all, you have earned it!

Tips for working with your new SENCO

If you have a child with special educational needs, you may have recently been assigned a new SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator). Here are a few tips for working with your new SENCO to ensure that your child receives the best possible education:

First, take some time to get to know your new SENCO. Spend some time discussing your child’s individual needs and how they can best be met. It is also important to ask about SENCO’s experience and qualifications. This will help you to gauge their ability to meet your child’s needs.

Second, be sure to keep the lines of communication open. Your SENCO should be your partner in ensuring that your child receives the best possible education. Be sure to keep them updated on any changes in your child’s condition or circumstances.

Finally, don’t hesitate to voice any concerns you may have. It is important that you feel comfortable communicating with your SENCO. If you have any doubts or worries, be sure to raise them so that they can be addressed.

By following these tips, you can develop a strong partnership with your new SENCO that will benefit both you and your child.

A SENCO is an important figure in a school setting and can be vital to ensuring your child receives the best possible education. The qualities that make a good SENCO are many and varied, but some of the most important ones are empathy, understanding, and patience.

When you’re looking for a SENCO for your child’s school, it’s important to take your time and find someone who you feel will be the right fit for both you and your child. The hiring process can be daunting, but by following these tips you can help ensure that you find the perfect SENCO for your family.



Q: What qualifications should I look for when hiring a SENCO?

A: The qualifications required to become a SENCO vary depending on the school and district but typically include experience and background in special educational needs, as well as a qualification such as National Award for Special Educational, Needs Coordination. It is also important to look for someone who has excellent interpersonal skills and can communicate effectively with both children and parents

Q: What tips are there for working with a SENCO?

A: The key tips for working with a SENCO include getting to know them, keeping the lines of communication open, and voicing any concerns you may have. It is also important to ensure the SENCO has the qualifications and experience necessary to meet your child’s needs

Q: What are some of the qualities that make a good SENCO?

A: Some of the key qualities of a good SENCO include empathy, understanding, patience, excellent communication skills and knowledge or background in special educational needs. It is also important for the SENCO to be able to engage with both children and parents in a friendly, professional manner.

About The Author

I'm Dan Higgins, one of the faces behind The Teaching Couple. With 15 years in the education sector and a decade as a teacher, I've witnessed the highs and lows of school life. Over the years, my passion for supporting fellow teachers and making school more bearable has grown. The Teaching Couple is my platform to share strategies, tips, and insights from my journey. Together, we can shape a better school experience for all.

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