The most frequently asked questions by teachers about SEN.
What does the SENCo do?
The SENCo maintains the Register of Special Needs Children, co-ordinates the work of L.S.A.’s in supporting children and delivering interventions, liaises with outside agencies and gathers evidence for statement requests. Many SENCo’s teach either full or part-time as well and ensure that IEP’s and existing statements are reviewed regularly. They also have knowledge and expertise about different needs and disabilities and can provide support to teachers in managing special needs children in the classroom.
Who is responsible for teaching the SEN child in my class?
The SEN Code of Practice clearly states that the education of children with special needs remains the responsibility of the class teacher. However, many children will be supported by L.S.A.’s, both in and out of class and other L.S.A.’s will deliver interventions such as Springboard Maths, Early Literacy Strategy outside of class to children. Co-ordinating their work will be the SENCo and the class teacher.
What is an L.S.A. and what are they supposed to do?
A Learning Support Assistant can have many roles. They may work under the guidance and direction of the class teacher to support SEN children in class, they may deliver both Wave 2 and Wave 3 Interventions or they may be assigned a particular child who has a statement to support for certain periods of the week in or out of class. LSA’s may also carry out administrative tasks such as photocopying and mounting work for display and also attend planning meetings.
What is an Annual Review?
Once a year there must be a meeting which involves all the professionals who work with a child with a Statement of Special Educational Needs, the child and the child’s parents to ensure that the objectives in the Statement are being met by the school and that there is no need for any new provision or intervention.
How do I find out if a child has SEN?
Voice your concerns initially with the school’s SENCo and also with the child’s parents. The SENCo will then help you decide what next steps to take to gather evidence and also support the child’s learning. The Code of Practice sets out specific stages for SEN intervention and you should refer also to the school’s SEN Policy.