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SENDCo Interview Pack

SENDCo Interview Pack

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Looking to recruit a new special educational needs and/or disabilities co-ordinator (SENDCo)? If you’re thinking about the interview process and what tasks and questions to ask at interview to recruit the right candidate for your school, this SENDCo Interview Pack will support your thinking and save you time in the recruitment process.

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What's included in this bundle?

A pack with accompanying templates to help your school setting plan and prepare the interview day, including interview questions and tasks, when recruiting a SENCo, SENDCo assistant or similar SEND leadership role. This pack contains shortened guidance that allows you to consider the setup of the interview day itself, but if you're new to recruitment or want to ensure the entire recruitment process is smooth, you may find it help to purchase the Recruitment, Interview and Employment Compliance Guidance Pack alongside this interview pack.

When you make your purchase, you'll receive a ZIP file containing the whole pack, including:

  • 8-page Guidance PDF in full colour containing all the guidance, research and information you need.
  • low-colour, print-friendly version of the same PDF.
  • 20 fully editable and easy-to-use templates that can be adapted for your setting. These include:
  1. SENDCo Interview Questions
  2. SENDCo Job Role Description
  3. SENDCo Person Specification
  4. SENDCo Interview Task - Action Plan
  5. SENDCo Interview Task - Assess Whole-School SEND
  6. SENDCo Interview Task - Data Analysis
  7. SENDCo Interview Task - In-Tray Exercise
  8. SENDCo Interview Task - Lesson Observation
  9. SENDCo Interview Task - Plan and EAL Parents' Evening
  10. SENDCo Interview Task - Presentation 
  11. SENDCo Interview Task - Prioritisation of Duties
  12. SENDCo Interview Task - Pupil Scenario

Included in this special educational needs coordinator interview pack are nine different editable interview tasks plus a wide variety of example interview questions so you can find a brilliant SENDCo or SEND leader for your school or academy trust. The job description and person specification will also support you in advertising for a new SENCo so you can attract the right candidates. Use these, alongside the interview tasks and SENDCo interview questions to create a recruitment package that's tailored to exactly what your school is looking for in a new leader of SEND.

While the pack is tailored towards appointing a new SENDCo, it can be used to support the recruitment process for any SEND leadership role, including assistant SENDCos, deputy SENDCos, SEND strategic leads, trust-wide SEND leads, cluster SEND leads, trainee SENCos or other senior leadership roles, such as a deputy or assistant headteacher, who hold responsibility for SEND and inclusion.

Who will find this resource useful?

Headteachers, trust leaders, senior leaders, members of the governing body and trustees who lead recruitment processes will find this time-saving pack useful. This pack is also helpful for aspiring SENDCos wishing to develop their understanding of the interview process or prepare themselves for an SENCo interview. 

What questions does this pack have the answers to?

Planning and leading an effective recruitment process ensures you've put your school in the best position possible to recruit a new SENDCo who's going to support your school's pupils, including organising SEND support, working with families and the local authority, identifying and monitoring SEND needs, following the SEND Code of Practice and more. Utilising carefully selected interview questions and tasks will help to ensure this is a positive experience for both those on the panel and those applying for the role, meaning your new school business manager has the best possible start in your setting. 

Key questions answered:

  • How could an interview day for recruiting a SENDCo be structured?
  • What interview tasks could be used when recruiting a new SENCo or school SEN leader?
  • What interview questions could a inclusion or SEND lead be asked during the interview process?
  • Where can I access more support on the recruitment and post-recruitment process?

What else can help me?

If you're looking for support with the recruitment or staff induction processes, we've got multiple packs available to help you. Best of all, you can get 20% off each item if you buy 3 or more resources about recruitment and induction, so why not see what's available?

If you're new to the recruitment process or are looking to build your understanding of how to tackle recruitment through each stage of the process, including advertising, shortlisting, interviewing, pre-employment and employment compliance, then you'll find the following pack useful.

If you're looking to recruit for multiple school roles, you may find the following packs supportive to help you plan interview days for those roles too:

To support your new staff member with induction into your setting, why not have a look at the following help guidance pack:

To provide meaningful professional development from the beginning of your new staff member's employment, skills audits are a valuable way to amplify the induction process, identify CPD opportunities and support the appraisal process.