The new NPQ for SENCOs  and leaders responsible for SEN will launch in autumn 2024 and will be the mandatory qualification for SENCOs.  As such the funding for this programme will be more readily available, however, we still recommend early applications.


The NPQ for Senco framework for this programme can be accessed here 

The Alliance of Leading Learning and the STEP Teaching School Hub are excited to announce that we will be delivering the new NPQ for SENCOs across Shropshire and Telford in partnership with Best Practice Network for Autumn 2024!




Replacing the NASENCO qualification, this programme promises to equip SENCOs and Senior Leaders with the cutting-edge expertise and leadership skills needed to navigate the evolving SEND landscape and champion inclusive practices within their schools.

Designed in collaboration with leading experts and informed by the latest evidence, the NPQ curriculum will delve into key areas such as:

  • Strategic Leadership: Fostering a collaborative school culture that prioritises inclusive education and empowers all stakeholders
  • Expert SEND Knowledge: Mastering the intricacies of the SEND framework, legislation, and best practices to ensure seamless support for students with diverse needs
  • Effective Collaboration: Building strong partnerships with teachers, parents, and external agencies to create a network of support for students

Who is it for?

  • Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinators (SENCOs)
  • Teachers interested in developing expertise in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or undertaking a SENCO role in the future
  • School leaders

Benefits for participants

  • Facilitation and support from experienced SEND professionals
  • A purpose-built virtual learning environment equipped with interactive resources and discussion boards, fosters engagement and collaboration beyond the classroom
  • Support to pass the final assessment
  • Content contextualised for your locality and updated to reflect national developments and legislation
  • Assessment tasks that involve professional enquiry into relevant aspects of your school’s current practices
  • Flexible delivery arrangements according to needs and circumstances

Benefits for schools – develop leaders who

  • Are strategic leaders within their schools, playing a pivotal role in shaping whole-school teaching practices and fostering inclusive environments where pupils with SEND can thrive
  • Have the skills necessary to successfully implement sustainable changes intended to secure improved pupil outcomes
  • Recognise the importance of having a secure evidence-base to underpin their strategic decision-taking and is familiar with the science of learning
  • Shares common understandings and a shared professional language with other leaders in your school – the ‘golden thread’ of professional development


DfE Funding Available for this Programme

The NPQSENCo scholarship funding is more widely available.    Apply now for the best chance of receiving a scholarship. 

Find out more about funding here


*The option for schools to self-fund is also available


When completing your NPQ for SENCOs application form please ensure you nominate Shropshire and Telford Education Partnership (STEP) as your chosen delivery partner from the drop-down list e.g.

 Register interest and apply below



Where we deliver this programme

This programme will be delivered in Shropshire and Telford, however, applicants from outside this area are welcome to apply and attend.   Applicants are only required to attend 4 face to face sessions throughout the duration of the programme.   The exact location of delivery is likely to be Telford or Shrewsbury.