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Special Educational Needs Co-Ordination (SENCO)

The programme is strongly rooted in work-based practice, equipping SENCOs to evaluate and develop effective leadership and management of SEND provision. The practical and interactive sessions are an opportunity for SENCOs to meet and discuss topics including: the statutory and regulatory context for SEN and the implications for practice in the school or setting (including requirements for the Local Offer); the principles and practice of leadership in different contexts; how a SEN and/or disability affect pupils'; participation and learning; strategies for improving outcomes for pupils with SEN and/or disabilities; working strategically with senior colleagues and governors; leading and developing colleagues and promoting improvements in teaching; evaluating evidence about learning, teaching and assessment in relation pupils with SEN to inform practice; drawing on external sources of support and expertise; developing, implementing and monitoring systems; using person-centred approaches to build on and extend the experiences, interests, skills and knowledge of children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities; encouraging family leadership with parents and carers as equal partners in their child's achievement, progress and well-being. These sessions are aimed at equipping SENCOs to evaluate and develop effective leadership and management of SEND provision and improve the learning outcomes and achievements of pupils who have a special educational need and/or disability.

Entry requirements

If you are a SENCO or Inclusion Manager new to the role with QTS, or will become a SENCO within the year of the programme, you are eligible to apply.

We also welcome experienced SENCOs, and SENCOs working in Early Years settings, special schools, PRUs, Further Education or private schools who are interested in gaining the National Award as part of their professional development.

Course modules

Topics include: implementing the new special educational needs (SEN) (0- 25years) code of practice and requirements of the local offer; developing their leadership and management skills; managing and deploying the SEN team; understanding and using data to ensure pupils are making progress and achieving; working with colleagues to create inclusive learning environments; developing positive partnerships with parents and other agencies; working strategically to promote achievement for all pupils with different abilities and backgrounds.

Assessment methods

You will be required to undertake assignments that are strongly rooted in evidence-based SEND practice in the work place. At the end of the programme SENCOs prepare a portfolio of evidence to show how they have met the Learning Outcomes for SENCOs (NCTL, 2014). Staff at the university offer support and guidance throughout the programme.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 1,350 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years

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