About New2SENCO

New2SENCO Course 2021-2022

A course for new or aspiring SENCOs

We are repeating our popular New2SENCO course again in 2021-2022.

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

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’
  • 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 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

Feedback from delegates who attended our last New2SENCO course:

Delivery/presentation – 5 out of 5

Support – 5 out of 5

Content – 4.8 out of 5

Admin/online support – 5 out of 5

I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it to be one of the best value for money training I have completed. I would definitely recommend it to others

Total cost for the 6-half-day sessions is £380…..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 2021-2022:

Autumn term 2021 (New2SENCO) – two half-day online sessions (one in each half term) – dates –

Thursday 30th September 20201 – 1.30-4.30pm
Thursday 4th November 2020 – 1.30-4.30pm

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

Thursday 20th January 2021 – 1.30-4.30pm
Thursday 3rd March 2021 – 1.30-4.30pm

Summer term 2022 (New2SENCO) – one half-day online session in first half-term – date –

Thursday 28th April 2021 – 1.30-4.30pm

Summer term 2022 (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 or Cheshire or online via Zoom if preferred.


To book onto New2SENCO 2021-2022, or for further information, please contact: [email protected]

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


Course consultant – Zena Martin

Educational Consultant (Inclusive Learning North)

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


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