Becoming a SENCO – Where to Start? with Lynn How

Becoming a SENCO can be extremely daunting, some people don’t know what they’re letting themselves in for when they take on the role. It also doesn’t help that the qualification to become a SENCO doesn’t prepare you for the entirety of the role.

In this week’s episode Lynn How joins Dale for the first time to discuss ‘Becoming a SENCO – Where to Start?’. If you’re a new or aspiring SENCO, this episode will give you an insight into what you need to know when setting out in the role, including:

  • Where do you start?
  • What support do you need?
  • SENCOs coming from class teaching vs previous leadership experience.
  • Understanding the top 5 things that you have to do as a SENCO which take a lot of time that you might not have known beforehand.
  • Questions you need to be asking.
  • How to manage your workload.
  • Building relationships with both staff and parents/carers.

Listen to hear top tips from someone that has been in the shoes of a new SENCO. Lynn gives some great advice for starting out, how to make the role easier and create the biggest impact in your setting.

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Lynn How

About Lynn How

Lynn How is an educational consultant, editor of Teacher Toolkit website and blogger.

With 20 years of primary teaching and SLT experience, she has been an Assistant Head, Lead Mentor for ITT and SENCO. She loves to write and also has her own SEMH and staff mental health blog:

Lynn holds an MA in Education, is a fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching (FCCT), NASENCO and NPQH. Her particular areas of interest are wellbeing (staff and pupil), SEND, children’s mental health, leadership, mentoring and coaching. Recently she has started an Educational Consultancy business for SEND (SEND support) and Teacher Wellbeing (The Wellbeing Lady). Lynn’s first book, ‘Starting Out As A Primary Senco’, is being published by Bloomsbury in September 2024.

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