Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
What is SEND?
SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. All educational settings have a duty to be
accessible and inclusive for the children within their community. It is our job to support parents in
providing the best possible education for children.
What is a SENCO?
A SENCo, or Special Educational needs co-ordinator, is the educational settings designated adult who
is responsible for assessing, planning and monitoring the progress of children with special
The SENCo’s Job Role:
The role of the SENCO involves making sure that all practitioners within the setting understand their
responsibilities to children with SEN and the setting’s approach to identifying and meeting the SEND
Code of practice. This will be done through online training that the staff can access. They also need
to ensure the smooth onward transition and planning for moving on to school for Pre-school
children. We liaise with parents, outside agencies, schools, colleagues and children to ensure that
the support that is given is suitable for the child’s needs.
What is the Early Years Advisory Teacher (EYAT)?
The Early Years Advisory Teachers (EYATs)/Area SENDCo's are able to offer support to settings to
ensure their SEND provision is effective. Our area SENDCo is Liz Smith.
What is the Job Role of the EYAT?
The role of the EYAT is to complete visits to the setting to observe children and liaise with staff, as
well as other agencies involved through the referral system. They also hold SEND Surgeries where
children with SEND can be discussed and advice and recommendations given. The EYAT’s can advise
settings when to apply for EYSS funding, requesting Integrated Assessments for EHCP’s and signpost
to additional resources and agencies.
Few the additional page links under Special Educational Needs for more information, Links to other websites, videos and our local offer.