Who (or what) is SENsible SENCO?
SENsible SENCO is the place to come for SENCO advice. We dedicate ourselves to helping the world of SENCOing (yes, that is a word)
As of April 2022 SENsible SENCO became a Community Interest Company, this means we have been approved as providing services to help the community!
This SENsible SENCO is a selection of resources developed around SEN and the needs for SENCOs within schools. The resources have all been shared by SENCOs. Whenever you need support the SENsible SENCO resource bank is there! And its FREE!!!
The SENsible SENCO (Abigail Hawkins) gives helpful advice and support for what will be all parts of the SENDCO role via her website and business (SENDCOSolutions) and via her social media groups, especially SENsible SENCO on Facebook.
We launched the SENsible SENCO YouTube channel back in 2019, dedicated to answering all the questions SENCOs ask. We have recently added the SENsible SENCO Network channel, which holds replays of our Networking events.
Our Networking events are run through our EventBrite site, we’ve had some great guests over the last few months and are busy booking new and exciting people for you to interact with. Remember to follow us to see when we add the next line up of great guests!
And if you fancy some SENsible SENCO merch – then check out our relationship with Teachers Love Stationery – where you can find bags, mugs and even our own SENCO Planner!
SENsible SENCO – The resource repository
We’ve been sharing resources over on the Facebook page and uploading them into the GoogleDrive for a year now – but it’s still messy and (quite honestly) a pain to administer!
So, that leads us to a helpful website with all the resources hopefully, collated under the right headings!
Before anyone complains about the adverts between pages, please remember this is a FREE resource, you are under no obligation to click any of the adverts you see, but if you do then I might get a penny or two towards running the site for you (which is not free!)
A massive thank you, to our page sponsors who have SENsible SENCO endorsed/approved products. Their sponsorship goes toward the running of the site and the little surprises we have in store for you. Thanks too, to Routledge books who provide books for our network meetings.
You need a PASSWORD to open and download the resources. The password is available from the SENsible SENCO Facebook group. Have a look at the Rules of the group. Do NOT email admin for the password, they will not respond!
1000’s of Resources
The SENsible SENCO Facebook group has been sharing resources for a while.
We do have rules about copyright – but if you spot something that has slipped through the net, do let us know!
For resources and information on SpLD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Moderate Learning Difficulties (etc) .
Information and resources for visual and hearing impairments and physical difficulties.
All those random pieces of paper that we love to generate, from plans and provisions to governor and SEND information reports. There’s even information on Ofsted and deep dives.
Exams and access arrangements constantly change. Stay on top of the information and look at ways to gather the required information.
Resources and information on ASC, autism, SLCN (Speech, Language and Communication)
Social, emotional, mental health, ADHD, ADD, OCD, Eating disorders, Psychological difficulties.
A collection of everything else that can’t be found a home or belong in multiple locations.
Medical needs might not be under our remit but we need to be able to advise and support on reasonable adjustments.
Support and Guidance
SENCOing (yes, it’s a word!) is a lonely role and you can’t expect to know every answer to every question you are asked.
That either means getting very quick and savvy with your Google searches, or turning to others for advice and support. Fortunately, there are plenty of Facebook groups for SEN where you can look for answers. From specialist groups on different needs to SENCO groups and professional forums, there is something for everyone. And SENsible SENCO is one such group. Aimed at SEN professionals, we are a group of over 8000 ‘friends in your phone’.
SENDCO Solutions is the SEN Consultancy business run by the SENsible SENCO, Abigail Hawkins.
This is where we offer School SEN Reviews, CPD training, TA apprenticeships via United Learning and Product support for developers.
For further information please visit the website.
If you are looking for SEN books – do consider going via my Amazon Storefront, where I have tried to collect the more useful ones into one place for you!
SENsible SENCO has not one, but two YouTube Channels…
First is our original SENsible SENCO channel, dedicated to everything a SENCO needs in their day-to-day job.
Then there’s the SENsible SENCO Network channel, where you can watch all the network meetings from past and present on a wide range of topics. If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration it’s a great place to go!
“I’m a magpie”
Actually, show me a SENCO who isn’t! We all collect resources wherever and whenever we see them, and we share them with like-minded colleagues…and in our enthusiasm we often forget where we originally magpied the resource from!
Be careful not to share anything copyrighted, or that you do not have permission to share. And please make sure you have removed any identifying factors!!! If you know the original source, please try to credit.
If you spot something that shouldn’t be here, please don’t hesitate to let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org