About New2SENCO

New2SENCO Course 2022-2023

A course for new or aspiring SENCOs

We are repeating our popular New2SENCO course again in 2022-2023.

Aims of the course

  • To provide clear and practical training, guidance, resources and support for SENCOs new to the role for their first year through a combination of online training and online support
  • To give opportunity for SENCOs new to the role to network with other new SENCOs, as well as with those more experienced in the role
  • To give new SENCOs the preparedness and confidence to subsequently undertake the NASENCO Award or future NPQ qualification

Course provision

  • 5 x half-day online training sessions, one during each half term of the autumn term, spring term and first half of the summer term specifically aimed at new SENCOs
  • 1 x half-day SEND Forum held during the summer 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 experienced SENCOs
  • A place on our online course: ‘What makes a good EHC needs assessment application and when to apply for one: Perspectives on the EHCP journey to enhance practice’
  • Access to further online training and group consultations included
  • Continuous online support for the full year, with access to online resources and signposting information
  • Full email, phone and online support from the course consultant, Zena Martin, throughout the year
  • Resources, templates and e-handouts provided

Target audience

  • SENCOs entering the first year of their role
  • SENCOs returning to the role following a significant period away from it


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, known as the NASENCO Award. The SEND Review Green Paper has signalled that whilst this may not remain, it will be replaced by a qualification through the NPQ system.

The NASENCO has, arguably, created a generation of SENCOs who are more confident than ever before in their analytical abilities and judgements around the scenarios that occur in school. However, it does not tell you how to do the basics – nor was it ever created for this purpose. This New2SENCO training course aims to plug that gap.

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 NASENCO Award or future NPQ qualification


Feedback from delegates who attended last year’s New2SENCO course 2021/2022:

  • “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 6-half-day sessions is £390…..including 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 2022-2023:

Autumn term 2022 (New2SENCO) – two half-day online sessions (one in each half term)

Thursday 29th September – 1.30-4.30pm
Thursday 3rd November – 1.30-4.30pm

Spring term 2023 (New2SENCO) – two half-day online sessions (one in each half term)

Thursday 19th January – 1.30-4.30pm
Thursday 2nd March – 1.30-4.30pm

Summer term 2023 (New2SENCO) – two half-day online sessions (one in each half term)

Thursday 27th April – 1.30-4.30pm

Summer term 2023 (Forum) – one half-day Forum at delegates choice of the following venues: Hull,  Accrington, Garstang, Newby Bridge, Penrith,  Rochdale, Warrington, Formby, Huddersfield, St Helens, Wakefield, Cheshire or online via Zoom if preferred


To book onto New2SENCO 2022-2023, or for further information, please contact: [email protected]

To discuss course content please contact:  Zena Martin (course consultant) at: [email protected]

Zena Martin - Inclusive Learning North                                                                                        

Course consultant – Zena Martin

Educational Consultant (Inclusive Learning North)

BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH, PG Cert (SpLD)


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