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National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination

Course Description

This one year, National Award is available to SENCOs from any school in the UK. It is delivered though a partnership between Nottingham Trent University and Nottinghamshire County Council. Prior to the establishment of the National Award, we had an established track record of jointly delivering a highly regarded induction course for SENCOs.

Why study this course?

1. Achievement of this National Award is a legal requirement for all new SENCOs
2. With only five compulsory days attendance, and distance support it is ideal to fit in with a busy lifestyle
3. Benefit from a course leader with a national and international reputation in special education and inclusion
4. Access all the University's resources and online workspace

What will I study

The National Award comprises of two elements:
1. A practical competency framework where you collect evidence for a series of nationally-set professional outcomes
2. Master's level study (60 credits), which can be used towards gaining an MA in Special and Inclusive Education

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

The compulsory taught sessions cover:
1. Introduction to National Award for SEN Co-ordination and induction into NTU; ethics; and the importance of pupil voice.
2. The national and local policy context; an overview of the legislative framework; SEN tribunals; and removing barriers to achievement.
3. The professional role of the SENCO and the role of leadership.
4. Assessment and planning.
5. Working in partnership with others.

Independent set tasks

The set tasks all involve school-based activities and include:
1. One day (equivalent) of meetings with your head teacher 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.
2. Half day visit to an alternative phase mainstream setting, focussing on the professional role of the SENCO, low / high incidence of SEN and disabilities, participation and learning, and working in partnership with other professionals.
3. Half day visit to either a community special school or a special school focussing on a particular needs, for example autism. The focus is on high incidence of SEN and disabilities, participation and learning, and working in partnership with other professionals.
4. Half day attendance at a multi-professional / multi-agency meeting, with a focus on working with other professionals.
5. Two days in school 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.
6. 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 Master's component consists of four compulsory tasks:
1. A critical review of legislation, policy and literature as it relates to the SENCO role.
2. A critical review of SEN policy in action within your school
3. A small-scale research study about improving pupil achievement.
4. A critical analysis of school practice of consulting, engaging and communicating with pupils and parents.

Visit the National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination page on the Nottingham Trent University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must be either: a current SEN Coordinator, or expecting to take up a SEN Coordinator role during your study. You must have obtained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, prior to applying.

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