Advice and support for special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs)

Teaching schools alliances

Northamptonshire’s teaching schools alliances provide a range of support for schools – whether they are academies or local authority including:

  • support for SENCOs
  • how to become a SENCO
  • templates for schools to map their SEND provision
  • inclusion support and meetings

Fairfields Teaching School runs the Inclusion Network which supports SENCOs and holds regular meetings after school in the north of the county and the south of the county.

Maplefields Teaching School offers countywide behavioural support.

Newsletter for SENCOs

Inclusion network meetings 2018 to 2019

“Measuring what we value, not valuing what we measure”

All meetings run from 4pm to 6pm at £40 per ticket.

Please see the latest inclusion news for booking arrangements onto the network meetings.


​Holiday Inn

17 Sept 2019

12 Nov 2019

11 Feb 2020

5 May 2020

7 July 2020

Kettering Conference Centre
Thurston Drive
NN15 6PB

​19 Sept 2019

14 Nov 2019

13 Feb 2020

7 May 2020

9 July 2020

Annual Inclusion Conference

15 November 2019 at the Marriot Hotel.

Please see the latest 'Inclusion News' (above) for details and costs.

Other support

Early years support - Early years inclusion and SEND support.

Northamptonshire Inclusion Mentoring Partnership (NIMP) support early years staff working with children with special educational needs and disabilities in Northamptonshire with training, a knowledge hub and mentoring support.

The National Award for SEN co-ordination

The University of Northampton are offering the national award for SENCOs. The course is taught at local venues across the East Midlands following the launch day at the Waterside Campus on Saturday 12 October 2019.

Completion of the course has been mandatory for the teacher designated as the SENCO since 2009. New SENCOs must gain this qualification within 3 years of taking up their SENCO post.

It may also be relevant for those aspiring to be SENCOs or those who were already in the post of SENCO prior to 2009 and wish to pursue accredited professional development in this area.

Completing the course entitles candidates with 60 credits which can be used towards an MA in SEN and Inclusion.

The programme is taught by experienced senior lecturers from the Faculty of Education and Humanities alongside local authority and teaching school partners who have expertise in Special Educational Needs. This programme is endorsed by NASEN.