The aim of the programme is to enable SENCOs who are new in post (or aspiring SENCOs) to gain the National Award for SEN Coordination. This programme intends to support new or aspiring SENCOs to meet the mandatory requirement of achieving the award within 3 years of appointment to the role.
The course has been designed to support students to achieve a level 7 validated programme award, alongside producing a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the professional learning outcomes of the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCO). Students will consolidate their existing SEN knowledge and understanding through reflection, research and analysis of personal practice.
There will be opportunities to critically debate, evaluate and analyse as practitioners engage with different materials.
Over the duration of the course a portfolio evidencing professional practice and 3 modules are to be completed.
Developing SEN Coordination – Enhancing leadership and managing change.
Evidence Based Inclusive Practice.
Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.
Teaching and Assessment Methods
The course is designed to be flexible to fit around full-time work commitments. Weekly recordings allow students to access content around the clock and regular ‘live online’ evening sessions allow opportunities for debate, questioning, networking and the sharing of good practice. Within the weekly content there are numerous links to articles, activities and websites to further extend understanding. There are also opportunities for learning at the Hub, Doncaster.
Support sessions ensure understanding of assessments tasks and tutors are keen to help, offering tutorials and checking drafts throughout. Assessments are spread across the course in a variety of forms including, essay, report writing, presentation and an ePortfolio.
Students must hold QTS or QTLS or EYTS and have the written support of the head teacher/line manager. QTS/QTLS status is required for the NASENCO Award.
As part of this programme of study you will be required to have a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will be required to pay the cost of this. A DBS must be in place before you start your placement. You may be able to supply an existing DBS but this must be within 3 years of issue.
The NASENCO qualification is mandatory for SENCOs within mainstream schools and academies to complete within 3 years of appointment. Consequently, most students on this course intend to pursue the role and many work within the senior leadership teams of their settings. This course supports the development of a range of skills aimed at advancing professional practice within the SENCO role and also general leadership practices.
If you wish to continue studying beyond this course, credits achieved may be able to count towards a full MA qualification and the skills developed on this course equip students for further academic study at this level.
UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.
We also have a range of other financial support available.
Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment.)
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:
• Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
• Printing and photocopying
- A DBS check will be required, which you must pay for.