Government Announces Expansion to EY SENCO Training

The Government has recently announced an expansion of the fully funded SENCO program, offering another 2,000 extra spaces until August 2024. 

In areas currently under-represented in training uptake Early Years SENCOs will be given priority when signing up to their level 3 training qualification, particularly in areas in the Northeast and Northwest of England.

This training offer is aimed at Early Years SENCOs with a Level 3 or above qualification or those due to start the role that work within a group setting or those who are working as a childminder.

Delivered by Best Practice Network and a network of national partners, the extended programme is part of the DfE’s (Department for Education) Early Years Education Recovery Programme and will mean up to 7,000 SENCOs will be trained by August 2024.

Director of The Best Practice Network, Sian Marsh says;

“Having more qualified SENCOs in the early years sector will have positive impacts on children with SEND and on the sector as a whole, giving professionals the skills to address urgent priorities – and a big incentive to stay in a sector that they know will invest in their professional journey.”

The expanded programme is part of the Department for Education’s Early Years Education Recovery Programme.


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Source: NMT Magazine

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