About New2SENCO

New2SENCO Course 2023-2024

A course for new or aspiring SENCOs

We are repeating our popular New2SENCO course again in 2023-2024, for new SENCOs entering the first year of their role or SENCOs returning to the role

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 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
  • Open access to our catalogue of online training and consultations
  • 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, Cole Andrew, 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
  • Teachers aspiring to be SENCOs in the future


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, soon to be part of the NPQ range of professional development.

Until now, 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. The NPQ course is yet to be devised, but is likely to focus on leadership skills, amongst other aspects. 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.


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 6 half-day sessions is £440

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 2023-2024:

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

Thursday 28th September – 1.30-4.30pm
Thursday 9th November – 1.30-4.30pm

Spring term 2024 (New2SENCO) – two half-day online sessions (one in each half term)

Thursday 18th January – 1.30-4.30pm
Thursday 29th February – 1.30-4.30pm

Summer term 2024 (New2SENCO) – two half-day online sessions (one in each half term)

Thursday 25th April – 1.30-4.30pm

Summer term 2024 (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 2023-2024, or for further information, please contact: [email protected]

To discuss course content please contact the course consultant at: [email protected]



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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