Funding for National Award for SEN Coordination


The Department for Education has confirmed a further round of funding, for new Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) in 2013-2014 for 800 places only.

The 800 funded places will be allocated to eligible applicants via an online application process and all prospective applicants should visit where full details of the online application process and the list of approved training providers will be available.  The online form will go live on Monday 17 June and will close on Wednesday 17 July.  Applicants will be notified by email of the outcome, shortly after this date.

Information required for applications;

  • Personal  teacher reference number

  • Schools’ unique reference number

  • Applicants must meet the funding eligibility criteria

SENCO Courses

The National Award is a mandatory qualification which all SENCos who are new in role must undertake.  The law states that SENCos in all mainstream, state-funded English schools must either be “experienced”, hold the award, or be working towards the award.  All prospective applicants must refer to the detailed eligibility criteria for the Award which is available on the website.

The training courses are 12 months in duration, however SENCos have up to three years from the point at which they are designated as a lead SENCo in which to complete the award. Final responsibility for ensuring the school’s compliance lies with the school’s governing body.

The course is designed to support all SENCos’ professional development, giving them an opportunity to reflect upon and improve their practice whilst learning more about the coordination of special educational needs.

For further information, please visit