SENCO Network Days


Facilitator – Rachel Cosgrove

Rachel Cosgrove is the author of the book, ‘Inclusive Teaching in a Nutshell’. Rachel Cosgrove is an education consultant (Director of ScaffoldEd) specialising in inclusion and SEND. She has over 25 years of experience in schools as a teacher, SENCo and Assistant Head Teacher and is passionate about improving inclusive practise in education.

 Each session will include opportunities for networking, sharing practice and ideas and getting some up to date input on key areas of the SENCO’s role.

Session 1 – The building blocks of the SENCO role – Thursday 14 September 2023 – 9-3pm

  • Identification processes- flow diagram to support – observations, collecting info from staff, pupil and family, data, assessments, outside agency assessment and liaison.
  • What does additional and different look like? Intervention review- what do schools use, how do we know it works, evaluating intervention outcomes strategically.
  • How to manage and map provision that suits your school. Creative provision ideas (with staffing issues)
  • Managing/or developing the TA team – effective TA practice, CPD for TAs.
  • The SENCO calendar – how to organise the year strategically.

Session 2 – Working collaboratively – Friday 24 November 2023 – 9-3pm

  • Working with parents and carers – an in depth look at how to build relationships with families.
  • Developing a strategy for contact
  • Seeking to understand the experiences of parents and carers  trauma informed
  • Planning for meetings
  • Welcomes and creating space for communication.
  • How do assumptions get in the way?
  • Listening and observing
  • Dealing with difficult conversations
  • Action planning and follow ups
  • Looking after ourselves
  • Working with outside agencies – sharing contacts and tips
  • Managing the TA team – building a culture.
  • SENCos supporting each other – how might this look?

Session 3 – Getting the message across inclusive practice across the school – how can we work towards this? – Friday 19 January 2024 – 9-3pm

  • The Senco role – how to be heard, getting SLT on board
  • Strategies to build around adaptive teaching across the school year eg briefings, clinics, CPD for staff, pupil profiles, pupil meetings etc
  • Lesson dips and feeding back to staff
  • Working with pastoral staff re the SEN message and cross over in roles.
  • Working with the behaviour policy and reasonable adjustments (exclusion etc)
  • Mental health and pupil well being

Session 4 – The Strategic SENCO – Friday 26 April 2024 – 9-3pm

  • Whole school SEND reviews
  • Ofsted preparation
  • Modelling inclusive practice
  • CPD calendar for next year
  • Evaluating the year – how to report to governors.


Retford Education Centre
Old Hall Drive
DN22 7EA

Delivered by:
Rachel Cosgrove

£75 per session or £200 for all 4 sessions


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