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The National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination

Course Description

This Award remains a statutory requirement for SENCos who are new to the role from September 2008 and is a valuable qualification for both experienced and aspirant SENCos. It is designed, delivered and assessed to achieve National College for Teaching and Leadership standards, see http://www.education.gov.uk/ sencotraining for criteria.

We are currently offering two pathways for September 2013. Pathways 1 and 2 will be open to newly appointed SENCos from 2008, aspirant SENCos and experienced SENCos.

Pathway 1

This will be delivered through a collaborative partnership with eligible partner Local Authorities. 10 (full day) sessions will take place during weekdays at venues within the authority and at the University campuses in Didsbury or Crewe. The programme will be delivered by highly experienced Local Authority and University tutors.


Pathway 2

This will be delivered by University specialist tutors. The 20 (half day) sessions will take place evenings at either the Manchester or Crewe campuses dependent upon numbers.

This programme provides outstanding professional development for those already working in this sector, enabling you to deepen your understanding of how to develop more inclusive practice within your own professional setting context. It is led by highly qualified tutors with specialist experience who have close links to the University's Education and Social Research Institute which has established a reputation for innovation in inclusive education.

As the Award is a statutory requirement for SENCos new to the role from September 2008, it can lead to new opportunities and promotion within this specialist area of education. Headteachers have commended the Award in enabling successful students to share good practice with colleagues and extend provision and outcomes for children with SENs.

Although there are no formal placements, our programme evaluation identifies the benefit of the networking opportunities provided by our method of delivery.

Special Features

. All assessment is focused on meeting your professional needs with respect to knowledge, skills, attributes and understanding for improving the provision and outcomes for children with SEN/Disability in your school.
. Students are supported through networking, mentoring, tutorial sessions and a virtual learning facility.
. The Award can be used as a component part of the University's Masters in Inclusive Education & Special Educational Needs or Masters in Specific Learning Difficulties. Many of our SENCos have successfully progressed to Masters programmes in these areas.

Visit the The National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

[[Pathway 1 ]] SENCos new to the role from September 2008. [[Pathway 2]] Experienced SENCosOR Teacher (QTS) with minimum 2 years teaching experience. It is essential that the applicant can work closely with the current SENCO in order to meet learning outcomes. Entry with Advanced Standing may be considered for 30 Master’s level credits awarded in a relevant area with appropriate evidence and with the agreement of the Programme Leader. This could be for example an assignment which strongly contributes to meeting the learning outcomes of the course.

Course Fees

Full-time UK and EU students: For the latest fee and funding details please see: View Website

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