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We are delighted to announce that Best Practice Network has been awarded the contract to deliver the new National Professional Qualification (NPQ) for Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs). 

The NPQ for SENCOs aims to equip participants with essential skills, knowledge and leadership abilities required for the SENCO role. Through our programme, SENCOs will play a pivotal role in shaping whole-school teaching practices and fostering inclusive environments where pupils with SEND can thrive.

The new leadership-level NPQ for SENCOs has been launched to support outcomes for students with special educational needs (SEN): 

  • Designed in collaboration with leading experts and informed by the latest evidence
  • Master the intricacies of the SEND framework, legislation and best practices to ensure seamless support for students
  • Build strong partnerships with teachers, parents and external agencies to create a network of support for students
  • Foster a collaborative school culture that prioritises inclusive education

Who is NPQ for SENCOs for?

  • Teachers interested in developing expertise in SEND or undertaking a SENCO role in the future
  • Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs)
  • School Leaders

(SENCOs who have already obtained the NASENCO qualification will not need to complete the NPQ). 

Are you a SENCO or an aspiring SENCO wishing to apply for the new NPQ for SENCOs programme starting Autumn 2024?

The BTSA will be working in partnership with Best Practice Network to host the NPQ for SENCOs locally in Autumn 2024.  BTSA NPQ for SENCOs sessions will be held at Kingston Primary School, Church Road, Thundersley, Benfleet SS7 3HG. 

To register interest, or for further information regarding funding and when the application window will be opening, please select the link below:


In order to access training provided locally with BTSA, please ensure you select our name from the dropdown list of delivery partners when applying.

Should you require further details regarding NPQ delivery within our area, or support to complete your application, please email Denise Mair, BTSA Manager and she will be very happy to assist.