As SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) my responsibilities lie with pupils who have been identified as having a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEN/D). I also supervise and monitor pupils with additional educational needs, English as an Additional Language and other identified groups of pupils.
When a pupil is identified as having a SEN/D they will be entered onto our SEN/D with Support Register, which then ensures their additional provision is monitored and reviewed regularly. Along with monitoring provision and tracking pupils’ progress, I support Class Teachers to ensure that strategies are in place to enable these pupils to progress and reach their full potential. Sometimes it is necessary to involve specialist help in either identifying or supporting pupils, whose need, despite the consistent and thorough support offered by the school, continue to make little or no progress over a sustained period of time.
Within my role I liaise with outside agencies and talk about children’s learning needs and how we can best support pupils in school. Support could be either by introducing effective teaching approaches specific to the level and area of identified need, appropriate equipment, strategies and interventions. Throughout all of these processes, I work with and support parents of pupils with SEN/D, to ensure that they are aware of targeted provisions and support offered by the school, the work of external agencies involved with their child, and where necessary deciding on the next steps that we will take together, to ensure that their child makes great progress. I also aid the SLT in providing training, which I either deliver myself or source from outside the school.
I initially went to University to study Mental Health Nursing. I then completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, which I followed with my Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I have since completed the National Award for SEN/D Co-ordination Post Graduate Diploma. I am currently studying for my Masters in Education where I have chosen to specialise in children with Social Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties. This is complemented with additional courses on Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Techniques for Children and Young People, Emotional Literacy and Emotion coaching, to name a few.
We are an inclusive school in all senses of our ethos and we are very passionate about our attendance and punctuality to school, which I also supervise, in collaboration with the Office Manager. Poor attendance is an area of growing concern for many schools and by monitoring it stringently, we prevent issues escalating into huge problems for pupils at St. Christopher’s School.
Charlotte McLean – Accredited SENCo