Describe The Role Of The Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator In Making The Pre-School Setting Inclusive Essay

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The special education needs coordinator (SENCO) was identified in the 1994 SEN Code of Practice as the key person in a school responsible for the organisation, management and coordination of SEN provision. Since September 2001, it has been a requirement for all settings to appoint a named setting based (SENCO) who is responsible for co-coordinating support for children with special educational needs. Section 1:39 of the SEN Code of practice state that 'The SENCO working closely with the head, of the setting and colleagues has responsibility for the day to day operation of the setting’s SEN policy and for coordinating provision for children with SEN, particularly through Early Years Action and Early Years Action Plus. The SENCO ensures that the setting meets special education needs of children by co-coordinating the special education need provision within the setting, advice the other adults in the pre-school on how to meet a child’s need. The role of the SENCO is outline in the section 4.15 SEN Code of Practice state that the SENCO should have responsibility for: • “ensuring liaison with parents and other professionals in respect of children with special educational needs • Advising and supporting other practitioners in the setting • Ensuring that appropriate Individual Educational Practice (IEP) are in place • Ensuring that relevant background information about individual children with special education needs is collected, recorded and updated” (DFEE, 2001d S4.15) The SENCO in pre-school is responsible for managing all matters relating to teaching and learning of children with SEN and disability. They take the lead in identifying the most effective teaching approaches for pupils with SEN and promoting their adopting by all other staff in the school. They also have a monitoring and evaluation function, helping to

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