This resource offers a deeper understanding of the Special Education Needs Coordinators (SENCO's) role and possible opportunities. It looks in detail at how to work effectively with all key parties: management, classroom teachers, teacher aides and external agencies, as well as the special needs students themselves and their families and peers. The focus at all times is on practical ways in which the SENCO can fulfil their critical role, with the backing of surrounding colleagues, so that each special needs student receives the support they require to achieve and progress to the best of their ability.
Anne Russell is the Team Leader Learning Support Central South for Te Kura (The Correspondence School). She has been a teacher for over 35 years and has worked as a special needs consultant, taught in state schools, the private education sector and a special education advisor with the Ministry of Education. As well as supporting students, their families and teaching teams at work, Anne and a colleague write e-books for adolescent students with low reading levels.