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PgCert National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

London South Bank University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Southwark Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Overview

It is statutory for all new SENCos working in maintained, mainstream schools (including Academies) to attend and complete the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination within three years of taking up their post. This course addresses the specific development needs of staff who are working as a SENCo within that three year window, or who are experience teachers who aspire to that role. Participants come from a range of settings including primary, special and secondary schools.

This course covers:

The course enables you to demonstrate the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to meet National College for Teaching and Leadership's (NCTL) learning outcomes for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination. The NCTL stipulate particular outcomes in terms of:

  • Professional skills, knowledge and understanding: including an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the legislative context for SEN and theoretical concepts that underpin effective leadership and practice. To be informed by current practice, scholarship and research, and a critical awareness of current issues and developments in the subject and the profession;
  • Professional development: including the expertise and capabilities that SENCOs need to lead and coordinate provision effectively.
  • Professional values: including the personal and professional qualities that SENCOs need to make a positive impact on the ethos and culture in schools and other settings.

And, you'll you'll also be expected to engage critically and reflectively with the research and theory in the area of inclusion and SEND.

Assessment

All modules are assessed by portfolio and case study / essay.

Professional links

The course enables you to demonstrate the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to meet National College for Teaching and Leadership's (NCTL) learning outcomes for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.

Sessions on the module will be taken by teachers and senior leaders in outstanding partnership SEND schools.

Students will already be working in schools. However, there may be the possibility of visits to SEND schools.

Teaching and learning

This course is taught through a combination of lecture sessions and workshops. You'll be supervised through a tutorial system and online materials with be available through Moodle (the University's Virtual Learning Environment).

The positive thing about this course is that it's taught during the School term so ensures teachers do not need to do anything extra during holidays, and it's also offered in the evening, so provides further flexibility for people already in work.

Tuition fees

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£ 4,967per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

London South Bank University

  • University League Table

    89th

  • Campus address

    London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, Southwark, SE1 0AA, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    20th out of 81 15

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    106 53%

    73rd

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    88 88%

    14th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.06 81%

    45th

    32

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