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University of East London: Special Educational Needs Coordination

Institution University of East London View institution profile
Department School of Education and Communities (EDUCOM)
Telephone 0208 223 3333
Study type Taught


The course is designed to critically engage with current thinking and ideas about inclusive and specialist education, and is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to be a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo). The course covers inclusion and leadership within special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and it draws upon current legislation and national and international research. The course will enable you to study and research current and relevant issues concerning a range of special educational needs and disabilities and to develop your knowledge of inclusive pedagogy and practice. It will allow you to develop the skills to reflect critically on your own practice and current research. It will also enable you to contribute to school development and strategic vision concerning SEND and inclusion.

The aim of the course is to support SENCOs and aspiring SENCOs to develop their knowledge and understanding of key issues in inclusion, and how to respond effectively to the needs of pupils with a range of special educational needs and disabilities. The course will also develop your leadership skills, allowing you to play a key role within your school. You will also explore the role of multi-agency working for pupils with SEND, linking this to current legislation and practice within your own context.

Throughout the course, you will be helped to develop a critical understanding of theory alongside practical knowledge. This is reflected in a work-based practice portfolio, which allows you to meet the learning outcomes for the National SENCo Award (NCTL, 2015).

You will be encouraged to make links between theory and your own practice, and become a reflective practitioner who is able to think proactively and strategically about provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

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University of East London


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