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.  

Policy and Practice – the Unbroken Circle

Policy and practice – the unbroken circle

The key points covered in this chapter are:

  • The policy/practice issue – which comes first?
  • The difference between inclusion and integration.
  • Policies as working documents, constantly under review.
  • The role of the SENCO in policy development and implementation.
  • What needs to go into an inclusive special educational needs (SEN)/Inclusion policy?
  • The legal implications and obligations of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
  • Planning and implementing an inclusive SEN policy – some practical ideas.


Here we'll be exploring an overview of SEN policy issues. If you're new to the concept, this chapter should answer your queries, worries and questions about ‘how it's done’. As the Code of Practice stipulates that all settings should have an SEN policy, it's likely that there's already ...

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