I thought I'd add this rider to the fantastic fairytale ending outlined above. As from Septemberthe utter nonsense whereby a SENCo at a primary school must be a teacher. Would that schools were forced to be as sensible about hiring unqualified staff to fill key posts such as Head of Year. Personally, I worked as: a. a volunteer at two special schools run by a charitable org, for £6k a year, in the middle of the last recession as there were no tyeaching vacancies there at the time b. an LST for an inner London council for a few years, where full Ofsted inspections were routine events c. a middle manager at two secondary schools where funding was a real issue, yet the levels of SEN were well beyond average I mention this as despite my references, lack of a police record and excellent CPD history, I can't buy an interview as I am as far from the core demographic within my field as it is possible to be. Perhaps I should have got that British passport at the last time of asking and made more play of my being the alumnus of a fee paying RC boarding school, albeit one within the state sector.