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How can a SENCO become a strategic leader? We relay advice from one of our education experts on how SENCOs can develop their role to become an effective leader of SEN provision. You will also find learning outcomes for the National Award for SEN Co-ordination that relate to leadership.

A school leader asked us for guidance on how a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) can become a strategic leader within a school.

We put this question to Lorraine Petersen, who is one of our associate education experts. Lorraine is an education consultant, and was previously the chief executive officer (CEO) of nasen, an SEN charity.

Below, we set out Lorraine's advice on how the SENCO can become a strategic leader.

Understanding the SENCO role: relationships with staff, governors and parents

She said that staff need to understand that the SENCO's role is to offer staff advice and support in teaching pupils with SEN; it is not the SENCO's job, however, to relieve staff from this responsibility. She emphasised that all teachers are expected to be responsible for all pupils,

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