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NPQSENCO - a leadership level NPQ for special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCo) and school leaders. To register your interest please email

Is the NPQSENCO for me?

The introduction of the NPQ will play a key role in achieving the DfE's ambition to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND by ensuring every SENCo receives high-quality, evidence-based training which equips them with the essential knowledge and skills needed to set the strategic direction of SEN policy in a school and the conditions in which pupils with SEND can thrive we are expecting this qualification to be available from September 2024.

This qualification will be the mandatory qualification for SENDcos and replace the National SENDco award from September 2024. Colleagues in role prior to this should continue to take the National SENDco award.

This NPQ is also open to colleagues in Leadership roles and not just for SENDco collegaues.

National professional qualifications frameworks: from autumn 2021 - GOV.UK (


NPQ funding academic year 24/25

This NPQ will receive a full scholarship

The DfE have announced today 21.3.24 the NPQ funding for NPQs starting in the Autumn 2024.

You can find further information here and on our Funding page

Lead providers have yet to publish the cost of undertaking a non funded NPQ.

Making an application


Before making an application, please contact us at 

It is important to collect together the information that you will require prior to starting the application form. 

Teacher Reference Number (TRN)

In order to apply for an NPQ you will need to have a TRN. If you already have one but have forgotten it, or you do not have a TRN, you will need to contact the DfE for clarification. You are able to request a TRN even if you do not hold QTS. We have attached a guidance sheet below which will take you through this process.

Find out more about our NPQ programmes

Are you a colleague looking for more information about NPQs?

We are happy to arrange a virtual meeting with you to discuss an NPQ or NPQs. Please email our dedicated NPQ email to arrange an appointment with one of the team. 

Are you looking for a delivery solution for your MAT or group of schools?

OneCornwall is able to support bespoke NPQ cohorts for individual MATs or groups of schools. We are happy to arrange a virtual meeting with you to discuss your specific needs. Please email our dedicated NPQ email to arrange an appointment with one of the team. 

Dedicated NPQ email