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We are happy to announce that we will be delivering the new NPQ for SENCOs from October 2024. Expressions of interest are being collected currently, so please complete the following form if you are interested in this qualification.


From September 2024, the National Professional Qualification (NPQ) will be the mandatory qualification for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators, (SENCOs), replacing the previous NASENCO qualification. The National Professional Qualification (NPQ) for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs), is designed for experienced teachers and leaders who are seeking to develop their expertise in leading special educational needs and disability (SEND) provisions in their school, or to become a SENCO. This is an 18 month programme starting in October 2024.


Considerations for schools and current SENCOs.

  • Current SENCOs with NASENCO are exempt but must ensure training completion is within three years of appointment.
  • SENCOs appointed before September 2009 are exempt from the NPQ for SENCOs but must ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Those already enrolled in NASENCO can continue until the 2023-2024 academic year's end. However, those starting NASENCO from 2023 to 2024 must complete it within three years of appointment or transition to an NPQ by Spring 2025.
  • Aspiring SENCOs must start NASENCO before September 2024 or enrol in an NPQ course by then. 



Funding for autumn 2024 will target those teachers and leaders who work in the most challenging schools or educational settings, serving more disadvantaged communities. The NPQ SENCO Autumn 2024 programme will be fully funded for successful applicants. Places will be limited so please register your interest today and we will contact you once the applications open.

Scholarship funding to cover the full NPQ course cost will be available to teachers and leaders from: 

  • the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding 
  • 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage 

For the early years leadership NPQ, highly disadvantaged early years settings will also be eligible.    

Scholarships will continue to be available to all teachers and leaders from publicly funded schools and 16 to 19 educational organisations for the following NPQs

  • leading primary maths  
  • SENCO  
  • headship

Register your expression of interest by clicking here