As SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and disabilities Co-ordinator) my responsibilities lie with pupils who have been identified as having a Special Educational Need (SEN) or disability.  When a pupil is identified as having a SEN they will be entered onto our SEN Register, this ensures their additional provision can be monitored and reviewed regularly. Along with monitoring provision and tracking pupils progress, I support Class Teachers to ensure that strategies are in place to enable these pupils to progress and reach their full potential.  Sometimes it is necessary to involve specialist help in either identifying or supporting pupils, whose needs, despite the consistent and thorough support offered by the school, continue to make little or no progress over a sustained period of time.  

Within my role I liaise with outside agencies and talk about children’s learning needs and how we can best support pupils in school.  Support could be either by introducing effective teaching approaches specific to the level and area of identified need, appropriate equipment, strategies and interventions.  Throughout all of these processes I work with and support parents of pupils with SEN, to ensure that they are aware of targeted provisions and support offered by the school, the work of external agencies involved with their child, and where necessary deciding on the next steps that we will take together, to ensure that their child makes great progress.

As well as supporting children with SEN I oversee support for children with other additional needs, which might include children who require short term intervention, support from outside agencies or have other potential barriers to learning, such as speaking another language, medical needs or physical needs.

Anna Whannell

SENDCO

If you would like to contact me, please arrange this via the school office, your child’s class teacher or via email senco@sibertswold.kent.sch.uk. I am usually available at Sibertswold school on Tuesdays and Fridays.