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How to be a successful SENCO in seven steps

The SENCO role is complex and challenging, and it is crucial we get it right. Pearl Barnes offers insights into how to achieve success as a SENCO and how to be a SENCO-supportive school

What is good practice for SEND is good practice for all children – and when the work of a SENCO is done well, it benefits the whole community.

For more than two decades, I have worked with schools, teachers and headteachers to embed that message in classrooms far and wide, as well as providing coaching and on-going support to SENCOs themselves.

The role of a SENCO is so rewarding, supporting children and young people to reach their full potential, providing that dedicated time which helps them thrive academically and personally, but I would be lying if I didn’t say the role of a SENCO can be hard work at times.

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