Tes is reporting that almost three-quarters of special educational needs coordinators (74 per cent) say they do not have enough time to support fully pupils with less severe special educational needs, according to new research.
And this is despite half of Sendcos (50 per cent) working the equivalent of at least an extra day a week to keep up with the demands of what one union official says is becoming an “unmanageable” job.
But the survey shows that as well as 74 per cent of Sendcos saying they did not have enough time to ensure that pupils with SEN Support were getting the provision they needed, 59 per cent also said they felt they hadn’t enough time to ensure provision was in place for pupils with EHCPs.
The survey also reveals the pressure that Sendco are under. Overall, 70 per cent said they did not have enough time to meet the demands of the role and 78 per cent said they were routinely pulled away to deal with other tasks – while one in six (16 per cent) said they did an additional 24 hours or more a week, on top of their allocated Sendco time.
By law, all mainstream schools must appoint a Sendco who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the school’s special educational needs and disability (SEND) policy and coordinating provision for pupils with SEND. But there is no specified time set aside for Sendcos to fulfil their duties.
Almost a third (30 per cent) of Sendcos said they did not intend to be in the same role in five years’ time – workload and lack of funding were given as the main reasons for wanting to leave the role.
“I love being a Sendco,” one respondent said. “But I just don’t know if I can cope with the level of stress for a long period of time. It’s a very frustrating, upsetting role. It’s our job to support vulnerable children and we very often can’t.”
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