What does the SENCO course intend to do?
- Develop critically reflective, inclusive practitioners who advocate for SEND and Inclusion to ensure all children have their needs met and increase positive learning outcomes for vulnerable pupils.
- SENCO accreditation provides both aspiring and trainee SENCOs with a clear pathway towards developing critical, reflective and effective practices in their role.
- SENCOs explore how to utilise the SEN Code of Practice to ensure meeting all needs of the children in your setting/school.
- With reference to relevant research and government initiatives, the course draws on effective practice in the teaching and learning of SEND, designed around the Learning Outcomes for SENCOs.
In September 2009 it became law for every new SENCO in a mainstream school to gain the National Award for SEN Coordination within 3 years of taking up the post. The course is designed around the Learning Outcomes for SENCOs, specified by the Department for Education, and aims to develop expertise in the leadership of SEND in schools.
Trainees will have access to high-quality and interactive programme delivered by SEND specialists and will be provided with experienced tutor support. They will learn how to integrate theory and practice to support the development of their role and in turn, learn how to improve positive outcomes for children with SEND.
Trainees who successfully complete 60 Level 7 credits achieve a PGCert in Supporting SEND Through Inclusive Practice and may carry 60 credits towards future study at Master’s level.
The course requires attendance at 4 training days at the University of Buckingham and covers the following topics:
- Introduction to the NASENCO Course: Developing Context for Inclusive Education – SENCOs will demonstrate their professional knowledge and understanding in the legislative context for SEN and will link as evidence application of theoretical concepts that underpin effective leadership and practice
- The SENCO as an Inclusive Leader: Reflective Writing and Action Research – SENCOs will be required to demonstrate understanding and reflect on their expertise and capabilities needed to lead and coordinate provision effectively.
- The Critical Professional SENCO: Life & Career of a SENCO – SENCOs will be required to reflect on the personal and professional qualities needed to make a positive impact on the ethos and culture in schools and other settings.
Mode of delivery
- Work-based, flexible and practical programme.
- Attendance at university-led events for 4 days over 1 academic year.
- Delivered through a combination of seminars and tutorials with input from experts in the field of SEND.
- Guided tasks in relation to effectiveness in the role of SENCO e.g. SEND audit/suggested reading/practical activities in line with training, module and evidence.
- School visits from SENCO tutor (in relation to personal targets).
- Self-supported study, assessments at Master’s level and professional reviews.
- Distance learning supported by online resources – evidence of meeting learning outcomes via e-portfolio.
Trainees will be visited by a SENCO tutor twice and engage in weekly guided tasks to support understanding and application of best effective and inclusive practice as a SENCO.
- A reflective essay (20 credits)
- Implementing and writing up of an Action Research Project (20 credits)
- Completion of a Professional SEND Development Portfolio (E-Portfolio) focus is on the student to evidence their own practice within their education institution in order to have met the SEND learning outcomes (20 credits)
For a full programme specification and module breakdown please email firstname.lastname@example.org
‘I have learned so much by studying for the NASENCO award at The University of Buckingham. The structure and content of the course have helped me to be a more effective and well informed SENCO.’
‘The course focuses on guided tasks and evidencing the SENCO Learning Outcomes have made me much better at making decisions – both as a leader and as a teacher, benefiting both students and staff.’
‘Because of this NASENCO Course, I am meeting needs much better and supporting colleagues more effectively.’
The training days are well structured and I really like the guidance and time to discuss with other SENCOs’
‘What really works well on the course is having access to supportive contact from the Course Lead and Tutor’