At a glance
Access to research, SEND case studies and self-study modules
Total Learning Hours
How is NPQ for SENCOs delivered?
NPQ for SENCO makes use of a blended delivery model consisting of face-to-face events, online study, webinars and coaching
NPQ for SENCO participants will attend 4 Face-to-Face events via the blended delivery model. Our nationwide delivery partnership network allows us to bring face-to-face training to a training centre in your region, facilitated by experienced school leaders and facilitators.
Participants access online learning and support via our virtual learning environment (VLE) Canvas. Through Canvas, participants are able to engage with their learning communities of peers and access multimedia content. They can also access research and expert-led school practice aligned to the curriculum content for the qualification and receive high-quality feedback from experienced performance coaches.
Applicants must have full support from their school/organisation. A head teacher, member of the SLT, line manager or Chair of Governors (or similar authoritative role) must confirm their support and that all information submitted is true and correct. This is a Department for Education mandatory requirement.
To apply for NPQ for SENCO, applicants must have the following:
- Teacher Reference Number - see TRN Support Guide
- 2 years teaching experience
- SENCO experience
If you are unsure if you meet the above requirements or have other relevant experience then please contact our team who will be able to support your application.
SENCOs who have already obtained the NASENCO will not need to complete the new NPQ. From September 2024, all SENCOs will:
- Need to take the NPQ if they have not completed or started the NASENCO
- Still need to complete training within 3 years of appointment – schools and SENCOs must ensure they enrol on training that will meet this requirement
- SENCOs appointed before 1 September 2009 will not be required to take the NPQ but will be expected to ensure compliance with the regulations
The leadership performance coach is a participant’s main point of contact for the duration of the NPQ for SENCOs. Their role is to support a participant’s progress and development through the programme. They will respond to practice task activities completed for each online course and provide challenges and feedback on each of the formative assessment tasks.
Each participant will receive small group and individual coaching sessions from their leadership performance coach to develop their thinking and support their progress.
The in-school sponsor is someone who the NPQ for SENCO participant can check in with across the duration of the programme and who can provide relevant professional guidance, support and challenges.
The sponsor is not a formalised programme role but a go-to person to talk about their learning and development from the qualification and its application in practice. The sponsor may be a leader from another school/organisation.
The DfE’s NPQ for SENCO framework is based on a robust method of design and development, building on the evidence base and expert guidance already established in the ECF and the ITT Core Content Framework. The NPQ frameworks reflect the Teachers’ Standards and Headteachers' Standards to ensure coherency with the requirements already used by the teaching profession.
How to apply
Register your interest using the form above to be informed when the application window is open.
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