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The National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO)

University of Buckingham

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    University of Buckingham

  • Study mode

    Part time

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  • Duration

    37 weeks

Course summary

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.

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University of Buckingham

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  • Campus address

    University of Buckingham, Hunter Street, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 1EG, England

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