Written with both new and experienced practitioners in mind and packed with practical advice, suggestions, case studies, and useful photocopiable materials, this new edition of a much-loved book will help all SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators) succeed in what is often a very demanding role. Providing plenty of help with planning and time-management, this book contains everything you need to know about your role, information on the current government policies such as Every Child Matters (ECM) and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and meeting the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) standards for supporting children with additional needs.  

The SENCO Year – A Bit of Forward Planning Goes a Long Way

The SENCO Year – A Bit of Forward Planning Goes a Long Way

The SENCO year – a bit of forward planning goes a long way

The key points covered in this chapter are:

  • Practical strategies for making life as a SENCO both organised and easier.
  • Planning the year ahead.
  • Statutory assessment – following the timetable.


By taking time to plan an overview of the year ahead, you'll be giving yourself an easy-reference, set-out agenda that will make your life as a SENCO much easier, especially once you're into the busy roll of activities that are woven into the life of an early years setting.

The Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice has an inbuilt timetable for implementing Individual Education Plans (IEPs),* holding reviews (whether of Differentiated Learning Plans [DLPs], ...

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