- National Award for SENCO and PGCert Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion
- School of Education
- Campus or location
- Newton Park
- Course length
- 12-16 months, part time.
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.
Please contact our admissions team for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 is a mandatory award for all SENCOs new to post, and must be achieved within three years of taking up the post. 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 for more information on which modules are core, required or optional.
- The SENCo as a leader: policy to practice
- The role of the SENCo - provision for SEN
The two modules are assessed 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.
Sessions are face-to-face and online, 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 also have access to our Virtual Learning Environment and the online library.
To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.
The National Award for SENCo is ideal for current teachers who are interested in working in the area of SEN. New SENCOs must achieve the National Award for SENCO within three years of appointment. Those who complete the National Award for SENCo can accredit their prior learning towards the Master’s in Inclusive Education.
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|Annual tuition fee
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Interested in applying?
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 or QTLS. School staff in the role of SENCO will have completed an induction period (SEND Regs 2014, paragraph 49).
It's not envisaged that this course will run in 2024/25. Please check back in spring 2024 for confirmation. For more information, please contact our Admissions service: email@example.com.
When to apply
Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.
Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.
Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.