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National Award for SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordination)

Course Description

The National Award is required to be at Masters level and you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice with 60 Masters level credits on completion of the programme.

The course is structured over one academic year and SENCOs come to the Bognor Regis Campus for one day each month.

These practical and interactive sessions are aimed at equipping SENCOs to evaluate and develop effective leadership and management of SEND provision and improve the learning outcomes and achievements of pupils who have a special educational need and/or disability.

Topics include:

Implementing the new SEN (0- 25years) Code of Practice and requirements of the Local Offer
Developing their leadership and management skills
Managing and deploying the SEN team;
Understanding and using data to ensure pupils are making progress and achieving;
Working with colleagues to create inclusive learning environments;
Developing positive partnerships with parents and other agencies;
Working strategically to promote achievement for all pupils with different abilities and backgrounds.
Our facilities
Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.

We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our brand new award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus. It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors. Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations. An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Teaching assessment
You will be required to undertake assignments that are strongly rooted in evidence-based SEND practice in the work place. At the end of the programme SENCOs produce a portfolio of evidence to show how they have met the Learning Outcomes for SENCOs (NCTL, 2014). Staff at the university offer support and guidance throughout the programme. As students of the University, SENCOs also have opportunities to access the library and online resources during the study days and off campus

Visit the National Award for SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordination) page on the University of Chichester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

If you are a SENCO / Inclusion Manager new to the role from September 2013 or will become a SENCO within the academic year of the programme, you are eligible to apply. We also welcome experienced SENCOs who are interested in gaining the National Award.

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