- National Award for SENCO and PGCert Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion
- Institute for Education
- Campus or location
- Newton Park and Corsham Court
- Course length
- The course runs for one academic year from September. You'll study four trimesters to complete the award.
You’ll be either a new or aspiring SENCO. You must be working in a school and have the support of your headteacher or Senior Leadership team to undertake the award. You must hold QTS.
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Extend your knowledge of and skills in Special Educational Needs Coordination in our SENCo training course.
- High quality, interactive programme delivered by specialists in the field.
- Access additional mentor support from an experienced SENCo.
- Integration of theory and practice to support role development.
The National Award for SENCo is a mandatory award for all SENCos new to post. New SENCos must gain the National Award within three years of appointment. We work in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, and Wiltshire Local Authorities, with students joining us from across the South West.
Through our exciting and interactive award, you’ll extend your knowledge and skills in relation to the role of the SENCo. As a Nasen approved provider, we provide the most up-to-date information regarding policy, theory and practice. A unique feature of our course is that you’ll be mentored by an experienced SENCo in your area.
“I would recommend the course to any aspiring or new SENCos. It has given me confidence and a deeper understanding into Special Educational Needs (SEN). I now enjoy my role so much more.”National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination graduate
What you'll learn
The National Award for SENCo explores the key aspects of the role of the SENCo, as specified in the Learning Outcomes for National Award for Special Educational (NCTL, 2014). Current legislation and national perspectives are explored in relation to the role of the SENCo.
You’ll critically explore areas such as pupil voice and parent engagement. Alongside this, you’ll investigate the key areas relating to the strategic and leadership aspect of the role, for example finance, data, management, and the role of Ofsted.
You’ll develop skills that can immediately be put into place in your setting. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the SENCo role, and effective practice. Throughout the award, there is ample opportunity to link theory and practice through collectively exploring practical solutions to identified issues.
This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.
- The SENCo as a leader: policy to practice
- The SENCo as a leader: provision for SEN
How will I be assessed?
The two modules are assessment through written assignments, which lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Special Education Needs Coordination.
In addition to completing the two modules, you're required to complete a professional portfolio to achieve the National Award for SENCo.
How will I be taught?
Sessions are face-to-face, with input from experts in the field of SEN. In addition to this, you’ll be supported with:
- School-based mentor support throughout the year in small groups
- Writing workshops to support writing at Master’s level
- One-on-one or small group tutorials.
You'll meet with an experienced SENCo mentor four times throughout the year. The SENCo mentor will support you with the completion of the Professional Development Portfolio. You'll have access to our Virtual Learning Environment and the online library.
The National Award for SENCo is ideal for current teachers who are interested in working in the area of SEN. SENCos must achieve the award within three years. Those who complete the National Award for SENCo can accredit their prior learning towards the Master’s in Inclusive Education.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
UK and EU students part time
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What we look for in potential students
You’ll be either a new or aspiring SENCo. You must be working in a school and have the support of your headteacher or Senior Leadership team to undertake the award. You must hold QTS.
How do I apply?
Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.
Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.
An ideal way to get ahead is to begin to keep a record of your SENCo activities. Pre-course reading lists are available from Helen Curran. Keep up-to-date with SENCo information and policy through following @bathspasenco.