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The National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO)

Online University of Buckingham    School of Education

Part time September PGCert, Other 37 weeks - school based course

About the course

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.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will:
- hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Qualified Teacher Learning Status (QTLS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS – appropriate for ages 0-5 only)
- have completed the NQT year
- be educated to degree level
- be employed as a SENCO or have aspirations to become a SENCO in a UK school
- have the full support of their school’s headteacher.


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