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Special Educational Needs Coordination (National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination)

Special Educational Needs Coordination (National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination)

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Study mode

Part time

Duration

1 year

Start date

27-SEP-21

Key information
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Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Special Education (General)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The University of Birmingham is a Department for Education and National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) approved provider for the National Award for SEN Co-ordination.

The University of Birmingham has been running accredited (Masters level) professional development programmes for special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCos) for over 15 years. Over a thousand SENCos have successfully completed their training over this period and given excellent course feedback!

The University runs partnership versions of the National Award for SEN Co-ordination course with the following Local Authority partners: Birmingham; Dudley, Sandwell & Wolverhampton (combined cohort); Staffordshire (Entrust). Within these Local Authority areas teachers wishing to apply for a place on the course work in a range of maintained mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools, academy and free schools, and pupil referral units (PRUs). SENCos working in other neighbouring Local Authority areas may also be able to join one of the partnership courses (in 2014-2015 for example, SENCos from Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Solihull, Telford and Wrekin and Warwickshire were participating in versions of the course).

The course is designed to support a SENCo’s professional development, giving them an opportunity to reflect upon and improve their practice whilst learning more about the coordination of special educational needs, leadership and management, policy and supporting the individual needs of children and young people.

This course will enable SENCos to meet essential requirements for undertaking the role in English schools. These requirements are set out in regulations and state that:

Governing bodies of maintained mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of Academy (including Free Schools) must ensure that there is a qualified teacher designated as SENCo for the school.

The SENCo must be a qualified teacher working at the school. A newly appointed SENCO must be a qualified teacher and where they have not previously been the SENCo at that or any other relevant mainstream school for a total period of more than twelve months , they must achieve the National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination within 3 years of appointment.

This course will:

  • Enhance your knowledge and skills to effectively support the development of children and young people between 0-25 and their families
  • Create career prospects for practitioners looking to work in leadership positions in organisations which promote and develop inclusion
  • Pave the way to progression to EdD or PhD study for those who wish to pursue higher study

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£2,700

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£6,480

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants should be SENCos or aspirant SENCos. For SENCOs new to the role it is mandatory to achieve the award within three years of appointment. All applicants must meet the requirements outlined in the Children and Families Act (2014) and associated regulations. That is, they need to have: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), OR Qualified Teacher Learning Status (QTLS), OR Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS - appropriate for ages 0-5 only); In addition, the applicant needs to have completed their induction period.

University information

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