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Software options for co-ordinators

* SIMS's Senco is being used by SIMS local authorities on evaluation. It will be available as a standard update to LEAs with SIMS and Windows licenses. The cost to non-authority schools will be Pounds 400 for the secondary school version and Pounds 250 for primaries. SIMS Ltd, The SIMS Centre, Abbots Rd, Priory Business Park, Cardington, Bedford. MK44 3SG

* Ernest Clarke's SENCO Solution costs a basic Pounds 99. Installation and an hour's on-site training costs a further Pounds 36. Data transfer from SIMS costs Pounds 29.50. A year's telephone support costs Pounds 89. Ernest Clarke Systems Ltd.103 Philbeach Gardens, London SW5 9ET

* Last year, the National Council for Educational Technology published a list of special needs administration software. Heads and sencos thinking of an IT solution should enquire about the availability and status of these systems

* Special Needs Organiser from PC Business Solutions, Logistix, Golde House, Stroudley Rd, Basingstoke. RG24 8UG

* Small Steps from Hummec (Humberside Education Service) Educational Publications Unit, Humberside Education Centre, Coronation Road North, Hull. HU5 5RL

* Co-ordinator from Kirklees Education Advisory Service, The Deighton Centre, Deighton Road, Huddersfield, HD2 1JP

* Senco Aid from Cleveland local authority. SEMERC, 1 Broadbent Road, Watersheddings, Oldham, OL1 4LB

* Script for Windows Special Needs Module, within the main Script for Windows administration system. Sanderson PSS Ltd, South Point, South Accommodation Road, Leeds LS10 1PP

* Key Solutions as yet has no module called Senco, but is capable of meeting the requirements of the Code of Practice from within existing modules, including its administration manager and curriculum manager. Key Solutions. Wharfe House, Ilkley Road, Otley, West Yorkshire LS21 3JP * The Senco Electronic Communications Project run by the NCET is currently investigating whether electronic communications can support sencos in their work with the Code of Practice. The project is setting up a network of people who are using email and the World Wide Web to share their special needs expertise. Schools or LEAs wanting to know more should contact the NCET at Milburn Hill Road, Science Park, Coventry. CV4 7JJ. Tel: 01203 416994, fax : 01203 411418

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