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All state-funded mainstream schools in England, including Academies, free schools, university technical colleges and maintained nurseries are required to employ a teacher with qualified teacher status (QTS) in a Special Educational Co-ordinator (SENCO) role.

Qualification: PgCert National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination. (NASENCO)

Once you have gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) and have passed any required induction period, you can consider starting the journey to becoming a qualified SENCO.

A common misconception is that you need to complete SENCO training (PgCert NASENCO) prior to starting a role as a SENCO, however, this is not the case. 

The most common routes include

Applying to become the SENCO in your current school and then aiming to achieve the award within 3 years of being appointed (Mandatory cut off date). Or;

If no SENCO role is available in your current school, then you will need to gain the full support of your current SENCO and headteacher to ensure you have the opportunity to meet all Learning Outcomes of the National Award for SENCOs.

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“Liz is a highly skilled and knowledgable professional, with a deep commitment to supporting children with SEND. Her advice and support were invaluable in my preparation for the SENCo role, and have ensured that my first year has been both manageable and free of crisis. She is organised, methodical, and has great compassion and empathy for children who fall under her remit. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor to introduce me to the challenging, complex, but deeply gratifying work that comes along with the SENCo role.”

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