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1. The SENCO: centre stage for school improvement 2. Leading the way: providing strategic direction and development 3. High quality SEN provision - all day, every day 4. Tracking and monitoring to raise achievement 5. Every teacher's responsibility: developing your colleagues 6. Working in harmony: effective partnerships 7. Bringing it all together: self-evaluation and Ofsted The perfect SENCO: quick checklist of key actions

About the Author

Natalie Packer is an education consultant specialising in SEN and School Improvement. Having previously worked for the National Strategies SEN team and as an LA Adviser for SEN, combined with her headship experience, Natalie has had the opportunity to observe all manner of school practice, allowing her to assess the best catalysts for effective teaching and learning.


The Perfect SENCO is an absolute 'must' for head teachers and SENCOs. Natalie is highly skilled at explaining the 'big picture' and then providing practical strategies to ensure that what happens in school 'syncs' with national initiatives. If the advice in this book is followed, then schools can be assuredthat they are Ofsted ready and also that all statutory requirements are met. Included in the book are pro formas that can easily be adapted for each establishment or used as they are.Each chapter concludes with a 'mini' plenary which is useful to consolidate learning and also to use as a quick reference point.The Perfect SENCO is a special book: it ensures that it provides up to date advice which incorporates the changing landscape of SEN. It is also educational in that it can be used as a catalyst for school improvement and evaluation, meeting the requirements of Ofsted.The book takes into consideration the needs of children, their outcomes being the main focus. If teachers and senior leaders implement the strategies, this will provide a co-ordinated approach for school improvement.I would recommend this book, without reservation, to every school.Carol Aspinall, Independent Education Consultant This book is an absolute must read for all teachers and school leaders. Well selected accounts of practice and case studies offer insight into the practical aspects of achieving the aim of success for all our children, irrespective of need. There is no doubt that this should be on the reading list of any aspirant teacher who is attempting to discover a moral purpose and personal vision for education. Natalie's wealth of experience of special educational needs strategy, coupled with her huge desire for equality for all children, gives a clear insight into how to develop an educational philosophy whilst enabling opportunities for any teacher to be confident in becoming The Perfect SENCO.Chris Wheatley, Executive Head The Cotgrave Candleby L

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