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The SENCO Handbook

The SENCO Handbook
Leading Provision and Practice

First Edition
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July 2019 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This Handbook will give aspiring and practising SENCOs, teachers, Headteachers and Governors an in-depth knowledge and understanding of effective policy, provision and practice to meet the diverse needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities. Each chapter will provide: 

  • A theoretical underpinning
  • Evidence-based information and examples
  • Activities for professional learning and whole school development
  • Easy to use and adaptable templates and checklists for use in settings
  • Case studies to strengthen connections between theory and practice

Providing comprehensive coverage of current issues, the understanding of how to improve provision and practice in their settings and written with consultation from practising SENCOs, this is essential reading for those studying towards their National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination. 

Chapter 1: Introduction
Part I
Chapter 2: The Statutory and Regulatory Context
Chapter 3: Leading in the SENCO role
Chapter 4: Best Practice in Collecting and using Data
Chapter 5: Practitioner Enquiry
Part II
Chapter 6: Adverse Childhood Experiences
Chapter 7: Meeting the Needs of Looked After and Permanently Placed Children
Chapter 8: Social, Emotional and Mental Health
Chapter 9: Neurodiversity
Chapter 10: Learning and Physical Difficulties
Chapter 11: Preventing School Exclusion
Part III
Chapter 12: Person Centred Approaches
Chapter 13: Managing and Working with Support Staff
Chapter 14: Coaching and Mentoring
Chapter 15: Leading on Professional Learning

 “This is a must-have book for anyone working with children and young adults with SEND!  Each chapter seamlessly blends up-to-date information, effective learning activities, insightful case studies and practical tools and strategies in a clear, concise and down-to-earth manner.

Philip Tebbs
Pear Tree Projects

Useful, concise, current and informative; this book is invaluable for both new and experienced SENCOs. Covering the vast legal, leadership and knowledge based areas needed for being a SENCO, this book includes many up-to-date links with relevant reflective tasks and case studies to help assess and improve own practice

Claire Hornsby

This is a very comprehensive publication with pretty much all of the requisite areas for the NASENCO Award covered in an accessible, yet informed, way.

Mr Sean Bracken
Institute of Education, Worcester University
September 5, 2019

An informative guide to assist students in understanding the practice and provision for SENCO's

Education, South Essex College - Southend
July 8, 2019

This book has very useful resources that are clearly linked to practice. The appendices and information for students to carry out their own research is particularly relevant for students who are studying on childhood studies degrees.

Dr Gina Sherwood
School of Education and Sociology (EDSOC), Portsmouth University
July 8, 2019

A well set out structure , with contemporary issues discussed,

Miss marie bradwell
Children and Young People, University of St Mark And St John
July 1, 2019

This book is so clear and concise and tells a new or 'would be' SENCO exactly what they need to know. It is also an essential tool for all teaching staff and some support staff as they are able to keep themselves fully informed about what the law expects of them with regards to SEND but also in relation to how to approach with conditions and ensure inclusive educational practice and opportunities. An excellent book!

Miss Sarah Addicott
Teacher Education & Training, Blackpool and the Fylde College
July 1, 2019

A fantastic resource for student teachers who are interested in supporting pupils with special educational needs - this is an invaluable guide to the role of SENCO

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
June 22, 2019

SENCos need up to date knowledge to enable them to lead a whole school ethos on SEN. This handbook is ideal to initiate consideration of opportunities available when working in collaboration as practitioners.

Dr Lucy Currie
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
June 11, 2019

this is a good summary of areas of special Ed and provides a good starting point

Mrs Geraldine Anita Parks
Department of Education, St Mary's University College (Belfast)
June 10, 2019

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