Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
To support integrated education (IE), starting from the 2017/18 school year, the EDB will, by phases in three years, provide each public sector ordinary primary and secondary school with an additional teaching post (i.e. an Assistant Primary School Master/Mistress (APSM) in primary schools or a Graduate Master/Mistress (GM) in secondary schools) to facilitate school’s assignment of a designated teacher to take up the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) to lead the student support team and assist the school principal and the vice-principal(s) in planning, coordinating and implementing the Whole School Approach to IE in order to further cultivate an inclusive school culture and enhance the effectiveness of the support given to students with special educational needs. In the 2017/18 school year, the EDB has implemented the provision in 244 public sector ordinary schools (126 primary schools and 118 secondary schools), the SENCO provision would be extended to about another 35% of public sector ordinary schools in the 2018/19 school year, the remaining public sector ordinary schools would have their SENCO provision by the 2019/20 school year.
- Education Bureau Circular No. 9/2017 ‘Special Educational Needs Coordinator
- Frequently Asked Questions
- List of Public Sector Ordinary Schools with SENCO Provision
- Community Care Fund “Provision of Funding for Ordinary Schools to Arrange Special Educational Needs Coordinators” Pilot Scheme