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April ECF and AB Blog

By 21 March 2024No Comments



News and information in this blog: 

  • Successful Redesignation 
  • NPQ for SENCOs – register your interest here 
  • One Cumbria Appropriate Body 
  • Early Career Framework – Dates for Summer term 1 
  • ECT registration for April 2024 start 
  • Sandgate School Recruitment Fair 
  • One Cumbria Contacts 


We were delighted to be granted redesignation as a Teaching School Hub from September 2024 for another four years. We look forward to our continued commitment to help teachers develop across Cumbria. 


One Cumbria will be offering the NPQ for SENCOs. This leadership level NPQ will become the mandatory qualification for SENCOs from September 2024, replacing the NASENCO qualification. 

Teaching of the NPQ for SENCOs will begin in Autumn 2024. One Cumbria is working with both Cumberland and  Westmorland and Furness Council to ensure the NPQ meets the requirements of SENCos across our region. 

Requirements for SENCOs: 

SENCOs who have already obtained the NASENCO will not need to complete the new NPQ. 

From September 2024, all SENCOs and aspiring SENCOs will: 

need to take the NPQ if they have not completed or started the NASENCO 

still need to complete training within 3 years of appointment –  schools and SENCOs must ensure they enrol on training that will meet this requirement 

SENCOs appointed before 1 September 2009 will not be required to take the NPQ but will be expected to ensure compliance with the regulations. 

More information here: 

Transition to national professional qualification for special educational needs co-ordinators – GOV.UK ( 

National professional qualification for special educational needs co-ordinators ( 


We are awaiting funding news around this and the other NPQs, but if you would like to register your interest in the NPQ for SENCOs, please do so using this link: 



One Cumbria Appropriate Body 

Congratulations to the ECTs that have completed induction this term. It has been a pleasure working alongside you. We hope you continue to enjoy teaching and we may see you again in the future if you decide to participate in the NPQ programme. 


Early Career Framework – Dates for Summer term 1 

Year 2 Seminars: 

Date Subjects/Phase Venue 
25/04/24 Science, PE, Drama, Geography, History, RE Rheged 
26/04/24 Art, English, MFL, Maths, Computing Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Centre, Penrith 
09/05/24 Primary Rheged 
10/05/24 Primary Energus 


Mentor seminars are held in the afternoon sessions on the dates above. There is also a virtual mentor session on Wednesday 15th May. 

To register for these sessions (if you have not done so already): 





Module 5 Seminars for those who started the ECF in September 2023 are as follows: 

 Year 1 ECTs (SEPTEMBER 2023 starters): 

Date Venue 
29th April  4pm – 5pm Virtual 1 of 2 
29th April 1pm – 4pm Carlisle (Fusehill Campus) 
30th April 1pm – 4pm The Queen Katherine School (Kendal) 
29th April 1pm – 4pm St Gregory and St Patrick’s Infant School, Whitehaven 
1st May 1pm – 4pm Victoria Academy, Barrow 
13th May 4pm – 5pm Virtual 2 of 2 


Year 1 mentors (SEPTEMBER 2023 STARTERS) 

Date Venue 
20th May, 4pm – 5pm Virtual  
29th April 4.30pm – 5.30pm Carlisle (Fusehill Campus) 
30th April, 4.30pm – 5.30pm The Queen Katherine School (Kendal) 
29th April, 4.30pm – 5.30pm St Gregory and St Patrick’s Infant School, Whitehaven 
1st May, 4.30pm – 5.30pm Victoria Academy, Barrow 


Please ensure you have competed the booking form to book your place on one of the sessions. BOOKING FORMS CLOSE AT 10am on 22nd April 2024: 



Module 3 Seminars for those who started the ECF in January 2024 are as follows: 

ECT Module 3 Seminar 1 7th May 2024 
Mentor Module 3 seminar 21st May 2024 
ECT Module 3 Seminar 2 14th May 2024 

 Jon and Lee, your facilitators will send you the joining links for these virtual sessions. 

ECT registration for April 2024 start 

If you have an Early Career Teacher that will start at your school after Easter, and they are not registered with One Cumbria, please get in touch to register them for Appropriate Body Services and the Early Career Framework. 

Contact Tina: 


Sandgate School Recruitment Fair 

Ever thought about working in a specialist setting? Sandgate School are having a recruitment fair. You can find all the details here: Recruitment Fair advert april 2024.pdf  




Director Judith Schafer 

Deputy Director Tina Beddoe 

ITT Lead Jacqui Percival 

AB lead Jacqui Wilson 

TSH Manager Fiona Davidson