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New to Role SENCO

Tue, 15 Oct 2024

Virtual, Online

This masterclass provides delegates with an essential overview of the role of the SENCO. You will come away with practical tools, tips, strategies and resources to take back to your school and implement straight away.

15.8% of all school pupils – 1.4 million – were identified with Special Educational Needs.

National Statistics in the academic year 2020/21

“…too often, children and young people with SEND, and those educated in alternative provision, feel unsupported, and their outcomes fall behind those of their peers. Too many parents are navigating an adversarial system, and face difficulty and delay in accessing support for their child. And we know that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted children and young people with SEND, exacerbating the challenges that already existed within the system.”

SEND Review, Right Support, Right Time, Right Place

 The role of the SENCO is the most rewarding but challenging of all jobs in a school. Many new SENCOs are unprepared and untrained to take on this complex and demanding role. Although all SENCOs must undertake the NASENCO qualification within three years of being in post there are some important aspects of the role that you need to know from day one.

With a complete overhaul of the system proposed by the SEND Review and an increased focus on inspections announced in the ‘New Approach to SEND Inspections’ Consultation, there has never been a more important time to ensure that new SENCOs are prepared for the role and what lies ahead.

During the course of the day, you will have plenty of time to network with colleagues, discuss specific challenges and put your questions to Lorraine.

SENCOs, Assistant SENCOs and those aspiring to the role should attend.

Key Learning Objectives
This masterclass will enable you to:

  • Give new SENCOs an overview of their strategic role

  • Offer support and guidance on managing teaching staff to ensure that every teacher is offering high-quality teaching for all pupils including those with SEND

  • Propose models for the effective deployment of support staff

  • Offer strategies and tools to share with staff

  • Provide opportunities to discuss their role and responsibilities with a network of other new SENCOs

Lorraine Petersen has 25 years’ experience in the mainstream school environment as a Teacher and Headteacher. From 2004 – 2013 Lorraine was CEO of nasen, a charitable organisation supporting all those who work with children and young people with SEND. She worked on a number of projects with various agencies including the Department for Education, the National College of Teaching and Leadership and UKTI, not to mention being a chair, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at numerous national and international events and conferences

Facilitated by:

Ms Lorraine Petersen OBE

Lead Educational Consultant
Lorraine Petersen Educational Consultancy (LPEC)

In-house Training

This course can be held at your organisation for up 25 delegates, we can tailor the content to suit your organisation and CPD needs of your staff. Led by experienced and highly rated trainers, in-house training works out cost-effective for groups and saves travel time.

Contact katym@hc-uk.org.uk with your requirements for further information and a quote.

In-house Training

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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