Requirements for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).
SENCOs play a very important role in leading the co-ordination of provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in schools.
Legislation introduced in 2008 prescribes the qualifications and experience a teacher should have to be designated a SENCO and the governing bodies’ functions relating to the key responsibilities of the SENCO.
In September 2009 it became law for every new SENCO in a mainstream school to gain the Master’s-level National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator within 3 years of taking up the post.
The draft revised learning outcomes for the National Award for SEN Co-ordination have now replaced the previous outcomes, after the final approval of the new SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years which applied from 1 September 2014.