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National Award

Special Educational Needs Coordination

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Practitioner / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: Friday 15 January 2021
  • Course duration: One year


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National Award: Special Educational Needs Coordination at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

This statutory national award which will develop your professional attributes, and improve your knowledge, skills and understanding to enable you to carry out your SENCO role effectively and with confidence.

This 14 month National Award is available to SENCOs and aspiring SENCOs from any school or educational setting in the UK and completed within three years of appointment.

Covid-19

The past five months have been very demanding for everyone. The immediate and long term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has placed additional pressure on everyone and we are still unsure how this will play out in the coming months.

In light of this unprecedented situation, the government requirements for social distancing, our large course numbers and to ensure we keep everyone safe, we have decided to move our first on-site full teaching day from our normal September 2020 start to Friday 15 January 2021. The following four full teaching days will be held in February, March, May and June 2021.

We hope this small change to our face-to-face teaching time helps you get off to a great start for the new school year/term in September and takes away any additional pressure you may feel in balancing your workload in these unprecedented times. Looking forward to your enrolment in September and meeting you in January.

Why study this course?

  • Achievement of this National Award is a legal requirement for all new SENCOs
  • There are five full-days of compulsory attendance and with on-line and face-to- face support, it is an ideal fit in work and home life
  • Benefit from an experienced course tutor team  with national and international reputations in special education and inclusion
  • Access all the University's resources and online workspace

Accredited by:

Senco accreditation

What you'll study

The National Special Educational Coordination Award (NASENCO) comprises of two complimentary elements:

  • Level 7 PGCert SENCO (60 credits) which can be used towards gaining an MA Education and recognises your experience in special and inclusive education.
  • A practical competency framework where you collect evidence for a series of 49 nationally et professional learning outcomes.

Independent set tasks

The set tasks all involve school/educational setting based activities and include:

  • One day (equivalent) of meetings with your head teacher/manager to focus on the professional role of the SENCO and review how to meet your learning outcomes. It is recommended this is around two hours a term.
  • Half day visit to an alternative phase mainstream setting, focusing on the professional role of the SENCO, low / high incidence of SEN and disabilities, participation and learning, and working in partnership with other professionals.
  • Half day visit to either a community special school or a special school focusing on a particular need, for example autism. The focus is on high incidence of SEN and disabilities, participation and learning, and working in partnership with other professionals.
  • Half day attendance at a multi-professional / multi-agency meeting, with a focus on working with other professionals.
  • Two days in school/educational setting to undertake tasks linked to the written assignments, with a focus on conducting an inquiry, audit and evaluation of provision and working with pupils, parents and colleagues.
  • Half day optional attendance at a tutorial on Meeting the Learning Outcomes at NTU. If you decide not to attend this, you may use the time for further course related work in school.

Masters level study

The level 7 component of the course requires completion of assessment tasks that include:

  • A critical review of legislation, policy and literature as it relates to the SENCO role, with a critical review of SEN policy in action within your school/educational setting.
  • A small-scale action research study about SENCO leadership.
  • A critical analysis of school practice of consulting, engaging and communicating with pupils and parents.

“The National Award for SEN Co-ordination has been more than a qualification; it has been the driver of change in school policy, classroom teaching and SEN intervention provision.  It has empowered me as an individual to encourage staff to think about their practice and instil the question ‘How is this benefiting the children?’ to ensure the best possible practice for our children”
SENCO

How you’re taught

Study sessions involve:

  • five compulsory days attendance the University
  • five days for independent set tasks
  • personal or virtual tutorial and tutor support sessions as required by you.

Compulsory taught sessions


For the 2020/21 academic year only, our face-to-face teaching days will be:

DateSession

Day 1 - Friday 15 January, 2021

Introduction to National Award for SEN Coordination and NTU; the SENCO role; parent and pupil voice.

Day 2 - Friday 12 February 2021

An overview of the legislative framework; SEN Tribunals; SEN policy in practice; Removing barriers to inclusion.

Day 3 - Friday 19 March, 2021

Evidence based practice in SEN support; Impact of interventions; the professional role of the SENCO as a leader.

Day 4 - Friday 21 May, 2021

Assessment and planning.

Day 5 - Friday 25 June, 2021

Working in partnership with others.

"The Masters level work was worthwhile, stimulating, interesting and relevant. The tutors were so helpful with this learning curve."
SENCO

Careers and employability

Successful completion of the National Award is a pre-requisite for all new SENCOs to be able to continue in the role and this must be completed within three years from the date of your appointment.This course does not currently offer placements.

Entry requirements

You must be one of the following:

  • a current SEN Coordinator.
  • aspiring SEN Coordinator role in the future and have access to the practice-based elements required for the course.
  • You must have obtained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, prior to applying.
  • School staff in the role of SENCO will have completed an induction period (refer to SEND Regs 2014, paragraph 49).
  • Letter of authorisation from Head Teacher/Manager to undertake Award.

How to apply

Contact the Course Administrator to request further information and an application form:

Course Administrator

Michele Taylor

michele.taylor@ntu.ac.uk

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2020 entry are set at £1950.00 and may be subject to change.

Find out more about how to pay your fees on our Online payment pages.

If your tuition fees are being met either fully or partly by your employer or other organisation, you can find more details on our Sponsored students page. For further clarification please contact Michele Taylor on michele.taylor@ntu.ac.uk

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Michele Taylor