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University of Buckingham: The National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO)

Institution University of Buckingham View institution profile
Department Education
Telephone 01327 850388
Study type Taught


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.

Course content 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.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE

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