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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

An accessible text for busy teachers studying the National SENCO Award. Following closely the professional learning objectives this provides a useful source for the assessment requirements as well as continued practical application back in school.

Mrs Tracey Kilcoyne
School of Teacher Development, Bishop Grosseteste University
April 11, 2019
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Sarah Martin-Denham

Sarah Martin-Denham is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the 'Post Graduate Certificate National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination' and a Masters short course 'Supporting children with Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs' at the University of Sunderland.  Sarah is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Vice Chancellor Teaching Fellow, Chair of an independent SENCO network and a Convenor of an interdisciplinary research network for developing knowledge, understanding and approaches for supporting children who are experiencing adverse childhood experiences.  She has extensive knowledge of... More About Author

Steve Watts

Steve Watts is the Head of the School of Culture at the University of Sunderland.  He began his teaching career in schools in Northumberland.  Following a successful career as Head of Humanities, Head of Year and SENCO Steve moved to the University of Sunderland as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, eventually becoming a Principal Lecturer in secondary education.  In 2011 Steve successfully led the Secondary ITE Team through an Ofsted inspection to Grade 1 Outstanding.?Steve became a Head of Department in 2011 and Head of School in 2016.  During this time he wrote, developed and taught the Mentoring and... More About Author