Advice and support for special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs)

Teaching schools alliances

Northamptonshire’s teaching schools alliances provide a range of support for schools – whether they are academies or local authority including:

  • support for SENCOs
  • how to become a SENCO
  • templates for schools to map their SEND provision
  • inclusion support and meetings

Fairfields Teaching School runs the Inclusion Network which supports SENCOs and holds regular meetings after school in the north of the county and the south of the county.

Maplefields Teaching School offers countywide behavioural support.

Newsletter for SENCOs

Inclusion network meetings 2020 are changing...

The plan - until Christmas 2020 - is to host on-line training sessions on a specific subject for one hour. All meetings run from 5pm to 6pm, at up to £10 per ticket, depending on the speaker. The sessions will be open to all school staff.

You will need to book a place to receive your link.

Training opportunity

6 October 2020 from 1pm to 3:30pm  - Education, Health & Care Plans – Requests for Statutory Assessment - Online via Microsoft Teams

A hands on course to talk SENCo's through how to go about making a Request for Statutory Assessment. This will include:

  • An explanation of the timescales involved
  • What to expect during the process
  • What evidence is needed to submit an RSA
  • The level of detail that is needed to include in an application.

Facilitated by Leading SENCo; Heidi Redman, delegates will be able to ask specific questions and gain an insight from Heidi as a very experienced in-school SENCo.

Please ensure the delegates email address is correct upon registration.

Other support

The Senco Forum is an independent e-community of Sencos and other SEND professionals working across the UK: The forum provides a peer support space for Sencos and others to ask and answer questions, debate and discuss topics of professional interest and share experience and knowledge.

Find out more about the forum by visiting the NASEN Send Gateway.

Early years support - Early years inclusion and SEND support.

Northamptonshire Inclusion Mentoring Partnership (NIMP) support early years staff working with children with special educational needs and disabilities in Northamptonshire with training, a knowledge hub and mentoring support.

The National Award for SEN co-ordination

The University of Northampton are offering the national award for SENCOs. The course is taught at local venues across the East Midlands following the launch day at the Waterside Campus.

Completion of the course has been mandatory for the teacher designated as the SENCO since 2009. New SENCOs must gain this qualification within 3 years of taking up their SENCO post.

It may also be relevant for those aspiring to be SENCOs or those who were already in the post of SENCO prior to 2009 and wish to pursue accredited professional development in this area.

Completing the course entitles candidates with 60 credits which can be used towards an MA in SEN and Inclusion.

The programme is taught by experienced senior lecturers from the Faculty of Education and Humanities alongside local authority and teaching school partners who have expertise in Special Educational Needs. This programme is endorsed by NASEN.