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SENCO Workload – Bath Spa University

The National SENCO Workload survey is a joint project that aimed to explore the impact that SENCO workload has on the school and the professional

In September 2018, Bath Spa University, nasen and the NEU launched the National SENCO Workload Survey.

The survey was designed to capture the breadth and depth of the SENCO role, particularly after the 2014/15 SEND Reforms.

Questions focused on how the role was managed, specifically exploring the time and support SENCOs were able to access in order to effectively facilitate their role.

Whilst statutory guidance has detailed suggested responsibilities for the SENCO role (DfE and DoH, 2015), there has been a clear disparity between the description of the post in policy and the practical execution of the role.

Project background

In response to the above issues, Hannah Moloney, secondary SENCO and former Bath Spa University student, decided that she wanted to find a way to explore these issues further. Keen to explore whether evidence-based guidance could be created to support decisions regarding SENCO time allocation, and the impact that this has on the effective execution of the role, Hannah brought together colleagues from various sectors and they developed the National SENCO Workload Survey. The survey received over 1900 responses.

National SENCO Workforce Survey reports

2021: National SENCO Workload Survey: Time to review 2018-2020 (.pdf)

2020: National SENCO Workforce Survey 2020 (.pdf)

Project report

The report has now been published. You can download a copy of it below. 

Download report 2018 (.pdf)

Project review

Download review 2020 (.pdf)

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