Postgraduate PG Cert

National Award in Special Education Needs Coordination

This is the statutory qualification for SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators) in schools in England and Wales.

National Award in Special Education Needs Coordination

Course Overview

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    Distance Learning
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    9 Months
  • Start date

    16 Sep 2024

This established course will enable you to gain the qualification which SENCOs are required to either have upon appointment or gain within three years of assuming the role. 

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Study entirely online in our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Have the skills to play your role in implementing the SEND Code of Practice
  • Meet the NASENCO learning outcomes outlined by the Chartered College for Teaching and Leadership in England and Wales  
  • Enhance your knowledge and understanding of inclusion and special educational needs theory and practice
  • Reflect on your implementation of the SEND Code of Practice for England and Wales
  • Understand the role of the SENCO in schools, and their professional duties as outlined in the SEND Code of Practice
  • Grow your confidence so you can co-ordinate SEND provision most effectively
  • Have the chance to relate your studies to a range of related non-teaching roles such as those in the voluntary sector
  • Complete self-evaluation and reflection exercises to address priorities for your development and maximise your impact
  • Prepare and submit a final portfolio

This course was developed through collaboration with school leaders, SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) policy specialists and sector experts including academic staff. It will encourage significant improvements in your practice, and as it’s built into your professional practice, it can be highly transformative and play an important role in your lifelong learning journey.

Your learning experience

You’ll be able to study around existing commitments such as supporting children, young people and families. You’ll independently plan your time and establish a study routine that works around you.

The design of this programme reflects innovation and expertise in digital pedagogy supported by a series of optional online webinars and access to an Online Learning Tutor, an Academic Tutor and Subject-Specialist librarian. Your personal tutor will guide your development and provide formative feedback to improve your learning experience. You’ll use engaging and up-to-date materials to conduct self-directed research and reading as you become part of our online professional learning community.

Further study

On completion of this course, you’ll have completed the first 60 credits towards our MA Inclusive Practice in Education. The masters course will enable you to further develop your understanding of:

  • Participation and learning
  • Intervention and provision management
  • Autism and learning
  • Literacy difficulties and dyslexia
  • Inclusive pedagogy
  • Working with multiple agencies and stakeholders

Why study the National Award in Special Education Needs Co-ordination at Leeds Beckett University... 

  1. Build on your professional experience and qualifications – you’ll need to have achieved QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) or QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) to study this course
  2. Practice-based learning – develop a practical skillset  
  3. Learn from experts – taught by a professionally experienced team
  4. Online learning - join our academic community from anywhere in the world
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