SENCO Workload and Wellbeing with Lynn How

Being a SENCO comes with a long list of responsibilities that often overlap with other roles. Unfortunately, SENCOs are sometimes isolated and hidden away within schools, leading to a lack of understanding of their role. The workload SENCOs face is immense, and leadership may not fully understand the extent of the role.

SENCOs need to protect themselves, but how?

This week Lynn How, Educational Consultant, joins Dale to discuss ‘SENCO Workload and Wellbeing’.

Listen to this episode to find out:

  • how to make the role more transparent and its importance
  • ways to raise a SENCO’s profile
  • where to find support and networking opportunities  
  • why they should track and communicate their workload 
  • Burnout vs Exploitation – how flipping the narrative puts the onus back on the school rather than sounding like something that has been brought on themselves
  • top 10 tips for mental health and wellbeing
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.

Contact Lynn


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