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Guidance and support for professionals

Professional Support Panel

Being a professional that supports a child with special needs can be both amazing and sometimes challenging.

Everyone needs a little bit of extra support at some point in their lives, and there is support available for you, your role and organisation 

In addition to the information and advice below, Plymouth has an Early Help and SEND Advice Line. You can book a conversation with a Family Support Worker to discuss worries or questions.  Just call 01752 668000, or email


Early Years - SENCO Guide for professionals

There are a number of key legislative frameworks which govern your work as a SENCO. As a SENCO, it is vital to have a good knowledge of the key aspects of each.

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The School Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) Guide

Plymouth's 'SENCO Guide' contains information, resources and signposting for SENCOS and other professionals to support with Special Educational Needs and disabilities(SEND) policy and practice.

View section (Go to The School Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) Guide)

In-year admissions guidance

This guidance is written for schools, however, families may also find many aspects of it useful.

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Reduced timetables

This protocol has been created in partnership with Plymouth schools and sets out Plymouth's position in relation to pupils who experience reductions in their full-time education.

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