New NPQ for SENCOs - starting Autumn 2024

This NPQ will be the mandatory qualification for SENCOs from September 2024, with teaching beginning in autumn 2024. The 3-year window to complete the mandatory qualification on taking up a SENCO post will remain following the introduction of the NPQ for SENCOs.

For further information, please refer to the DfE's Transition to NPQ for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators.

SENCOs meet their statutory requirement on receiving the outcome of their NPQ. Participants should allow up to 4 months on top of the 18 months of study to receive their outcome.

Who is this course for?

This course is for:

  • Special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs)
  • Teachers interested in developing expertise in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or undertaking a SENCO role in future
  • School leaders

Course overview

This 18-month course will enable you to:

  • Co-ordinate special educational needs (SEN) provision throughout your school.
  • Work alongside other leaders to build a school culture in which pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can participate meaningfully in the full life of the school, achieve ambitious outcomes and make successful transitions to their next steps.

This course will:

  • Take between 18 and 22 months to complete (18 months taught and 3 to 4 months assessment window)
  • Involve an average of 1 to 2 hours of study each week
  • Be a mix of self-study and group sessions
  • Have a written assessment
  • Start in autumn 2024

Further information