About New2SENCO

New2SENCO Course 2024-2025

A course for aspiring, new, experienced or returning SENCOs 

We are delivering our popular and revised New2SENCO course in 2024-2025

This New2SENCO training course aims to set you on the road with the basics you need to get started in the role and put you on the ‘front foot’ ready for your mandatory qualification or following it. Furthermore, it supports experienced SENCOs in gaining a current perspective on the role in the light of the many changes that have occurred during the past 15 years.  

Aims of the course

  • To provide clear and practical training, guidance, resources, and support for SENCOs new to the role.  Ideal CPD for their first years through a combination of online and face-to-face training. 
  • To give opportunity for delegates to network with others in similar roles. 
  • To give the preparedness and confidence to subsequently undertake the NPQ (SEN) qualification if desired. 
  • To guide delegates through the process of demonstrating practical application of aspects of the NPQ (SEN) framework. 

Course provision

  • 5 x half-day online training sessions, one during each half term (autumn, spring and the first half of the summer term). 
  • 3 x half-day SEND Forums held during each term at one of our Forum venues of the delegate’s choice; aimed at all SENCOs and giving the opportunity for delegates to meet with current, experienced SENCOs. 
  • Open access to our catalogue of online training and group consultations with tutors. 
  • Continuous online support for the full year, with access to online resources and signposting information through our online platform, ILOP. 
  • Email and online support from the course consultant, Cole Andrew, throughout the year. 
  • Continuous access to all the resources, templates and e-handouts provided in each session. 
  • ILOP membership for the year, giving access to Quality First Teaching and intervention strategies for English and mathematics for KS1 and KS2 curriculum. 

Target audience

  • Teachers with aspirations to move into the SENCO role. 
  • SENCOs in their first year in post. 
  • Experienced SENCOs who are not required to undertake the NPQ (SEN) but would value engaging in practical application of the framework requirements. 
  • SENCOs returning to post, to update knowledge and understanding of the SEND landscape and framework requirements. 
  • Early years, primary and secondary delegates. 


The role of the SENCO is one of the most demanding and complex roles in school. It involves extensive amounts of leadership, collaboration and a significant helping of specialist knowledge and understanding of needs and legal systems. It is also the only role remaining that requires a mandatory qualification, now part of the NPQ range of professional development. 

The New2SENCO training package will cover the following:

        • the current role of the SENCO and what this looks like in practice. 
        • managing your time and workload for the SENCO role 
        • the legal framework of SEND and what that looks like in policy and practice. 
        • accurate identification of pupils with SEND. 
        • where to start in the role and what to look for. 
        • identifying progress and outcomes in pupils with SEND. 
        • developing provision maps that tell you what you need to know. 
        • judging whether progress is good enough for pupils with SEND or whether aspirations should be higher. 
        • evidence to support your judgements. 
        • mapping interventions and evaluating the impact. 
        • what makes a good EHCP needs assessment application and when you should apply for one. 
        • getting the Annual Review process right. 
        • chairing meetings effectively. 
        • leading to ensure that every teacher is a teacher of SEND. 
        • managing teaching assistant deployment. 
        • managing resources. 
        • collaboration with pupils, parents and carers. 
        • collaboration with external agencies and other settings. 
        • working with your SEN Governor. 
        • preparing for your NPQ qualification. 


Feedback from previous delegates:

  • This is hands down the best training I have been on and I can’t recommend it enough to anyone who is new to the role and feels as though it is a little daunting. I have gained so much from this course, thank you! I feel so much more prepared and confident in leading SEND across my school. Fantastic quality training, really sad it’s now nearly all finished!”
  • “The entire course has been especially valuable, leaving you in no doubt about the Role of SENCO and what is required within the Role. I found that the course was extremely engaging over all of the 5 sessions. After each session I  felt that I had learnt something that I would like to go back and discuss with all staff  and implement where possible. The resources are also excellent”
  • “I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. It has been a great tool in learning about the role and what the expectations of a SENCO are in school. There are lots of practical advice some of which I have begun to put into practice. Zena is very informative and has a great wealth of knowledge in  all things SEN. Thank you!”
  • “The biggest thank you. A really great course that has equipped me with so many new skills and knowledge. I feel more confident to be able to lead and support the education of our SEND pupils in school”
  • “The course was very well run and informative. Zena was fantastic – very knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. We received some really useful resources and the course had lots of strategies that we could apply to our role within school”
  • “It all has been incredibly valuable! Strategies that support and give confidence to speak up as a new member of SLT have been incredibly useful”


Total cost for the 8 half-day sessions is £490

This includes continuous online support for the full year, with access to online training, resources and signposting information, full email, phone and online support from the course consultant with all resources, templates and handouts provided. 


Dates 2024-2025:

Autumn term2024 (New2SENCO) – two half-day online sessions  

Thursday 26th September – 9-12
Thursday 7th November – 9-12 

Autumn term 2024 (SEND Forum) – one afternoon face-to-face session; see agendas, venues and dates here

Spring term2025 (New2SENCO) – two half-day online sessions 

Thursday 9th January – 9-12
Thursday 6th March – 9-12 

Spring term 2025 (SEND Forum) – one afternoon face-to-face session; see agendas, venues and dates here

Summer term2025 (New2SENCO) – one half-day online session 

Thursday 24th April – 9-12 

Summer term 2025 (SEND Forum) – one afternoon face-to-face session; see agendas, venues and dates here

Book New2SENCO 2024 – 2025 here



Course consultant – Cole Andrew

Educational Consultant (Inclusive Learning North)

BA Ed (QTS-Hons), NPQH, PG Cert (SLD), PG Cert(School Inspection)


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