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.  

Coming together – The Teamwork Approach

Coming together – The Teamwork Approach

Coming together – the teamwork approach

The key points covered in this chapter are:

  • The rationale behind the referral.
  • The why, who, and what of outside agency involvement.
  • The child – the central character in the referral.


The original plans didn't work; the child's still causing concern; it's time to take further action – Early Years Action Plus, characterised by requesting outside agents to share with you their more specialised knowledge and experience. Here we'll have a look at the process in more detail.

The Rationale behind the Referral

There's no need for anxiety, either by you as SENCO or by your colleagues, when you reach the point of referring a child to an outside agent. It's the next logical step in the graduated approach of ...

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