How to become a Primary Senco Teacher

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Is it best to do a Education and Inclusivity and then a primary education PGCE or primary education and then a National Award in SENCO? I'm quite confused on how to become one
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You won't be able to jump straight into a SENCO role without QTS, some experience (at least get through your ECT first) and then you'll need the support/agreement of the school you are working at in order to complete the NASENCO. Doing a degree in a related area will be of benefit though if you wanted to become a SEN teacher as you'll be bringing something extra. There are also Primary PGCE with SEN specialism which also give you a greater depth of knowledge. There are also BEd/BA Primary Education courses with SEN specialisms too.
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You won't be able to jump straight into a SENCO role without QTS, some experience (at least get through your ECT first) and then you'll need the support/agreement of the school you are working at in order to complete the NASENCO. Doing a degree in a related area will be of benefit though if you wanted to become a SEN teacher as you'll be bringing something extra. There are also Primary PGCE with SEN specialism which also give you a greater depth of knowledge. There are also BEd/BA Primary Education courses with SEN specialisms too.
Would it be best to do an Education and Inclusivity course and then a PGCE in Primary Education to gain a QTS. Would that make me stand out more and more likely to be able to become a SENCo, or is it better to do Primary Education with QTS
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Would it be best to do an Education and Inclusivity course and then a PGCE in Primary Education to gain a QTS. Would that make me stand out more and more likely to be able to become a SENCo, or is it better to do Primary Education with QTS
Most schools I know will value someone who has experience of teaching across the primary phase, as well as experience of working with children with a range of SEND needs. Having a relevant degree may make you stand out against other candidates who are also applying for SENCO roles if everything else is the same between you, and get you an interview. At the end of the day it will be your knowledge and experience that counts most and you'll need to be (at least) a good primary teacher.

If you know you really want to be a Primary teacher then I would suggest going for an undergraduate degree and getting going on becoming a good one. If you're unsure if you want to be a teacher then a degree in something you are interested in followed by a PGCE later once you are certain.
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