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Rita Cheminais' Handbook for New SENCOs

Rita Cheminais' Handbook for New SENCOs

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Special Education

September 2010 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
With downloadable electronic resources

Are you a new or trainee SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) looking for guidance? Do you have responsibility for your school's special educational needs (SEN) provision?

Leading and co-ordinating SEN provision within a whole school is a mammoth task, and this book is your ultimate guide to getting it right. By breaking down the detailed information into manageable chunks, this book sets out the responsibilities of the SENCO and helps you make sure you are meeting the requirements of the SENCO Regulations. It is an invaluable guide for those working with children and young people from Birth to 19 in any setting.

Chapters cover:

- SEN, disability and Every Child Matters (ECM) legislation and policy

- key elements of the National Award for SEN Coordination

- coordinating SEN provision

- planning and deploying the SEN budget

- working in partnership with young people, parents and other professionals

- leading, developing and supporting colleagues

- record keeping and information management

- provision mapping and management.

Visit for downloadable materials to support the chapters in this book, which include templates, activities, a PowerPoint presentation, staff surveys and training plans.

Suitable for new SENCOs and anyone responsible for SEN provision in their setting, this handbook will also be of interest to everyone involved with delivering the national SENCO training.

The Professional Context of SEN
The Strategic Development of SEN Policy and Procedures
Coordinating SEN Provision
Leading, Developing and Supporting Colleagues in the School Workforce
Working in Partnership with Pupils, Families and Other Professionals

'This is a clear and comprehensive book targeted directly at new-to-role SENCOs who are participating in the National SEN Coordination Award programme supported by the TDA...Each chapter of the book clearly indicates what is covered and identifies key points to remember..[This handbook] will provide new-to-role SENCOs with an accessible reference that they can use on an 'as and when basis'. It will also be of interest to more experienced SENCOs wishing to update their knowledge in the light of the TDA's training framework and learning outcomes' -
SENCO Update

'This handbook for new SENCOs is an extremely detailed and comprehensive guide which will be an invaluable tool for those newly appointed to the SENCO role, whilst also providing the very latest guidelines for those with more experience. There is something for everyone here, no matter which age group or sector you work with, if you are responsible for those with special educational needs in your school, this is the book for you' -
Judy Scullion, Head of Learning Support,
Lancing College, Sussex

This book is relevant and easy to dip into. The photocopiable pages and downloadable resources are a great benefit for both students to investigate and SENCOs to apply. Cheminais links her suggestions to current initiatives which tie up the necessary aspects of the SENCO's role to the whole developing area of education.

Ms MIriam Walker
Faculty of Education, Winchester University
October 1, 2013

This book is particularly useful for learners considering the specialised optional units

Mrs Sharon Lock
Comm, Adult Education Centre
November 14, 2012

This is an extremely valuable book for students. It covers a wide range of issues relating to the SENCO role and is presented in a clear and detailed manner, making it an accessible read for those with or without SEN experience. Will definitely be recommending this book.

Mrs Gillian Danby
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
November 6, 2012

A very useful and value book for this new M'Level course for SENCO's. there is only this book and one other than actually address the SENCO Accreditation.

Ms Allison Goddard
School of Education, Winchester University
December 15, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 3: Coordinating SEN provision

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Rita Cheminais

Rita Cheminais is a leading expert in the fields of special educational needs (SEN), nationally and internationally. With a background as a teacher, a SEN Co-ordinator, an OFSTED inspector, a General, Senior and Principal Adviser in SEN and Inclusion, as a School Improvement Officer, and as a Freelance Education Consultant, Rita has thirty seven years of practical experience. She is a prolific writer and respected author of journal articles and books in the areas of SEN, inclusion, Every Child Matters, Pupil Voice, and Partnership Working with Families and Multi-agencies.  Rita speaks regularly at national ... More About Author

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