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*Shortlisted for nasen Awards 2009: Book to Promote Professional Development* SENCOs have a key role to play in developing and implementing an inclusive framework for meeting Special Educational Needs The fifth edition of this best-selling SENCO Handbook provides up-to-date information and advice in relation to three key government publications; Removing Barriers to Achievement: The Government’s Strategy for SEN (2004), Every Child Matters: Change for Children in Schools (2004) and the Disability Discrimination Act (2005), particularly the disability equality duty and accessibility plan. Elizabeth Cowne offers clear and practical guidance to SENCOs enabling them to meet the demands made on them by the latest legislation and practice. This comprehensive companion: introduces the reader to the key concepts and issues of SEN and inclusion provides detailed information for SENCOs, head teachers and governors about developing whole-school policy and practice for children and young people with SEN advises on essential aspects of the SENCos' role including the management of support staff, working in partnership with parents and outside agencies, and the improvement of teaching and learning. enables those working in education to debate, discuss and reflect on the issues presented in relation to their work in schools or other settings includes a photocopiable section of staff development activities gives information on further reading and source materials. The SENCO Handbook remains essential reading for all those responsible for special educational needs working in early years, primary, secondary and FE settings.