SENCO: Superhero or scapegoat?
A lighthearted look at the role
SEN Consultant and founder of SENsible SENCO, Abigail Hawkins explores the challenges, misconceptions, and triumphs of being a SENCO. The session uses humour, personal anecdotes, and practical tips to examine the tension that can exist between SENCOs and other stakeholders, while also celebrating the vital role that SENCOs play in supporting students with special educational needs.
Discover a new perspective on the SENCO role and ideas on how to navigate challenges with humour and resilience.
This session was originally presented under our previous brand Training for Education
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– Gain tips and strategies for how to navigate the challenges of the SENCO role with humour, grace, and resilience, while also advocating for the needs of your students –
– Understand the tension that can exist between SENCOs and other stakeholders (teachers, parents, administrators) who may have different expectations and priorities. Advice on fostering collaboration and communication to build positive relationships and create a more supportive environment for everyone involved –
– Recognise the limits of your own role and expertise. Guidance on collaboration with other professionals such as educational psychologists or therapists, to provide more comprehensive support for students and their families –
– Take time to celebrate successes and recognise the positive impact that SENCOs have on the lives of students with SEN. Share stories of success and progress to build a sense of accomplishment and inspire others –
Who is the session aimed at?
SENCOs, Senior Leaders, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Learning Support Assistants
and anyone else interested in SEN!
Schools Abigail works with have great things to say about her SEN expertise, ideas and engaging delivery
“Abigail’s session was fantastic with lots of opportunity to reflect on the practice in our schools. An engaging and enjoyable delivery that suited staff at all levels in school.”
SENCO – SENsible SENCO member school
“Abigail was supportive, had a wealth of knowledge and was there to provide us with ideas to make our SEND provision even better. It was done in a way that felt collaborative and helpful.”
SENCO – SENsible SENCO member school
About the Creator
Abigail Hawkins / SEN Consultant, SENsible SENCO
Abigail Hawkins is a passionate and seasoned SENCO with over 25 years of experience. She is the dynamic force behind SENDCOSolutions and SENsible SENCO CIC. Through her SEN consultancy and not-for-profit networking support group, she champions inclusive education and offers invaluable support to educators and schools across the spectrum.
Having taught a diverse range of subjects to students of all ages, from toddlers to adults, Abigail has a versatile and practical approach to SEN issues. In addition to her consultancy work, she collaborates with software and product companies to create innovative tools for SEN and Safeguarding purposes, develops and delivers teaching assistant apprenticeship and master’s degree programs, and has authored several books and resources on SEN and exclusions.
With her no-nonsense, hands-on approach, Abigail continues to make a significant difference in the lives of countless students, educators, and schools. She remains unwavering in her commitment to promote inclusive education. Find out more about SENsible SENCO
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