Primary Special Needs – A Day In The Life of a SENCO

One SENCO’s innovative approach to inclusion SENCO Claire Tyrrell offers ideas and advice and shares her vision for SEN provision at an inner city school which has an innovative approach to inclusion.

Morden Mount Primary School in south-east London has over 400 pupils speaking 30 languages, with experiences ranging from exclusion and bereavement to trafficking and abuse.

In the course of her day, Claire explains the importance of time management, organisation and communication skills as she spends the morning in a series of meetings with outside agencies.

In the afternoon, she teaches Year 3 which allows her to test her ideas for inclusion and understand the pressures teachers and LSAs are under.

Claire is not only a SENCO but also assistant head and a member of the senior management team. This is a role she strongly recommends to all SENCOs as it puts inclusion at the heart of school planning.

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