Senco-forum - DfE hosted forum to support Special Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) and others involved in the education of pupils with special educational needs share ideas and learn from each other

Welcome to the SENCo forum

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The SENCo Forum is an electronic mailing list for Special Educational Needs Coordinators (and those with similar job titles) and others who are involved in the education of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. The Forum was started in 1996 with the aim of providing an opportunity to discuss issues and share practical advice of help to SENCos in carrying out their roles. The Forum has a commitment to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and inclusion, and to offering a solution-focused, collaborative and mutually supportive resource.

The Forum was initially hosted by the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) but is now hosted by the Department for Education (DfE). An Advisory Group that meets three times per year supports the Forum. This Group’s function is: to monitor the operation and membership of the Forum; to ensure that message content is of use to SENCos, and to ensure that the Acceptable Use Policy (see below) is observed. The Group has a rotating three-year membership, currently consisting of 3 primary SENCos; 3 secondary SENCos; 3 advisory/support staff; 2 trainers; a representative of the DfE and an independent chair.

Members can use the Forum to raise issues important to them and share information. Your input is crucial to making the forum useful and we welcome any suggestions for its future development. Please send any comments or questions to forums.sen@education.gsi.gov.uk

Using Senco-forum

When you become a member of the forum, you can send your messages to this email address: senco-forum@lists.education.gov.uk. Your message then goes to all the members.

The SENCo-forum is an open discussion group; this means that anyone with an interest in this area is welcome to participate in the discussions. It is important to note that anyone with internet access can read messages sent to the Forum and when you send a message your email address will be visible to other members of the Forum.

The Department for Education (DfE) commit to never censoring a discussion and/or amending messages due to content and/or views expressed, as long as messages comply with the rules established by the forum (see below) and the DfE acceptable use policy (see below).

All messages sent to the SENCo-forum are stored in a publicly available archive. Archives are provided as an additional resource to users and enables non-members to browse the messages. The archive also means that you do not have to save every message you receive from the forum. An archive of messages up to October 2010 can be found at  Senco-forum Pre-March 2011 Archives, and messages from March 2011 at  Senco-forum Post-March 2011 Archives .

If you need to contact the SENCo Forum list-owner, please send an email to: forums.sen@education.gsi.gov.uk 

Subscribing to Senco-forum

Please read the Acceptable Use Policies (see below) before subscribing to the Forum – by subscribing you are deemed to agree to abide by them.

The Forum is operated by an automatic ‘mailman’ system, so please use the process below.

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Acceptable use policies

By emailing and/or subscribing to the Senco-forum mailing list, you are expected to follow the DfE acceptable use policy and the following rules established for the SENCo Forum to ensure all members feel confident that they are not open to abuse or harassment:

  1. We ask that all users provide useful, relevant and personally non-judgemental postings that add value to the discussions. Messages must be civil and relevant to the purpose of the community.
  2. You must not pass yourself off as another person nor will anonymous contributions be accepted.
  3. You are responsible for clearing copyright on any materials posted.
  4. Use of Language - messages should not be malicious or designed to offend. In particular, the use of swear words is to be avoided. There should be no use of obscene or offensive language, or statements that may be judged to be defamatory – including harassment, insulting/abusive/threatening language, including profane language and that of a sexual nature.
  5. You must not use this Forum to market or advertise products or services. If you have any announcements, eg information about courses; details of conferences or job vacancies that you would like posted, these should be sent to the agreed Advisory Group member responsible for posting announcements. If the message is suitable it will be included in a weekly notice sent out to the community.
  6. Take care and act appropriately in what you say about others - email is easily forwarded and archives are open to web-searches.
  7. Do not repost private email to the list unless you have obtained prior consent from the original author.
  8. We ask that all users bring to our attention any material posted in these forums that they consider defamatory.
  9. By participating in any discussion, you undertake to indemnify us and our employees and sub-contractors against any liability arising from any obscene, defamatory, seditious, blasphemous or other actionable statement published by you on this site and against all damages, losses, claims and costs (including without limitation fines and expenses arising out of or incurred in conducting or defending any proceedings) arising from any such actionable state.
  10. Defamatory material - you should remember that you are legally responsible for what you write. By participating in a discussion, you undertake to indemnify us and our employees and sub-contractors against any liability arising from any breach of confidentiality, copyright or other intellectual property right published by you on this site and against all damages, losses, claims and costs (including without limitation all expenses incurred in conducting or defending any proceedings) arising from any such publication. You must not make statements that are libellous, obscene, seek to incite racial hatred or otherwise break the laws of the United Kingdom.

Any infringement of the above rules is likely to lead to:

  1. 1st instance: An informal warning with an opportunity for mediation,
  2. 2nd instance: A formal warning,
  3. 3rd instance: 1 week suspension,
  4. 4th instance: Permanent ban.

Please ensure you read the above before signing up. Anyone not following this policy may have their email deleted and be removed from the mailing list if a registered user. By registering on this forum, you are deemed to have agreed to abide by the above. Although the Advisory Group cannot take responsibility for monitoring every message that is sent to this list, we reserve the right to remove items submitted from anyone who repeatedly ignores these rules and take action, as detailed above, against those concerned.

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