Ambition Institute to provide new SENCO National Professional Qualification

Feb. 2, 2024

We are delighted to have been selected as a provider of the new National Professional Qualification (NPQ) focused on special educational needs.

The Department for Education has announced that Ambition Institute is accredited to start delivering the new NPQ from September 2024.

The 18-month course is for special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs), or for teachers and school leaders interested in developing their expertise in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Improving provision for children with SEND is an area where teachers, schools and trusts regularly say they want support. This new qualification recognises that expertise in SEND is a vital part of school leadership.  It draws on the latest evidence and is quality assured by the Education Endowment Foundation.

All mainstream schools are required to have a SENCO, who must be a qualified teacher or headteacher working at the school, and the NPQ for SENCOs will be a mandatory requirement for SENCOs from September.  Ambition Institute is one of six providers that will be delivering the new qualification.

We are proud to play a part in shaping the future of education to give every child the best start in life and are excited about the potential this new qualification brings to provide stronger support for children.

Hilary Spencer, chief executive of Ambition Institute, said: SEND is crucially important, and this leadership-level qualification will help support SENCOs to be strategic leaders within their schools, strengthening inclusive teaching for all pupils.

“Bringing a SENCO qualification into the NPQ suite will help to create coherent progression routes, and evidence-based, practical training for SENCOs, aspiring SENCOs and school leaders.”

You can find out more about the new NPQ for SENCOs and register your interest here.