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Special and Inclusive Education (National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators) PG Cert

Northumbria University, Newcastle

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Coach Lane Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCos) is a legal requirement for SENCos new to post since 2009 in maintained mainstream schools, nurseries, academies, free schools and pupil referral units (PRUs). All schools have a legal duty to appoint a Fully Qualified teacher as their SENCo.

In the latest educational reform the Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years (2015), the government’s vision is that ‘the provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people – that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college, and lead happy and fulfilled lives.’ This code supports the Equality Act (2010) and the SALT Report (2010) which indicated that equality and educational outcomes are reliant upon a teaching workforce that is prepared for the diversity of mainstream and special school classrooms.

With the Special education and Disability Regulations, there is now an increasing need for teacher training and Continual Professional Development that prepares teachers for the variety of needs that children and young people present. With the increasing demand for Special Education Co-ordinators in Early Years Settings, schools and other alternative education providers like Pupil Referral Units and further Education colleges, this postgraduate qualification will meet that agenda.

There is a requirement for SENCOs in mainstream schools to hold qualified teacher status (QTS). The SENCo aspect of the programme, therefore, will apply only to those who hold the status. Those who wish to complete the programme without the status will in effect, only achieve the SEN and Inclusion aspect of the award, hence the bracketing of the award.

Your Career

Designed to cater for Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinators and those working in similar positions in FE and Early Years, this programme will enhance your career development.

You will graduate with knowledge of the very latest in education research, with particular reference to special needs and inclusion, policy and practice. You will also be able to reflect upon and challenge your own practice, which is a valuable skill to demonstrate to your current and future employers. You will develop skills in theory and research informed approaches to teaching, which in turn will build your confidence to support others to embrace different ways of working with learners with diverse needs. You will be confident in your knowledge and abilities, empowered to make change in your own organisation and ready to go to the next level in your career.

Application deadline

30 June 2021

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University information

Northumbria University, Newcastle

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    Northumbria University, Northumberland Building, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE1 8ST, England

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Northumbria has an international community of students from over 140 countries, and decades of experience in welcoming students to the city of Newcastle.
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  • Subject ranking

    23rd out of 84 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    151 73%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    92 92%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%



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