This guide lists requirements for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination. This is a Master's-level qualification required for all new SENCOs.
SENCOs play a very important role in leading the co-ordination of provision for children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities 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-ordination within 3 years of taking up the post.
The learning outcomes for this Award are under review. New learning outcomes will be published here shortly, and will replace the current outcomes.