National Award for SEN Co-ordination: Leading Effective, Inclusive Practice in SEN (PG Cert)

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PG Cert

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About National Award for SEN Co-ordination: Leading Effective, Inclusive Practice in SEN at University of Derby

If you're a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) or aspiring to be one, this course will enable you to gain the National Award for SEN Co-ordination, which is required for the role.

  • This course is designed to help you achieve all of the learning outcomes specified by the National College for Teaching and Leadership
  • You'll gain a broad and deep understanding of effective practice in the area of SEN and leadership
  • You'll examine current legislation and service requirements for SEN, and will be encouraged to challenge existing practices
  • You'll focus on positive outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and how you might support others in delivering these. You'll be more informed about how to deliver school improvement in this area.

The National Award for SEN Co-ordination is recognised in England as a high quality professional qualification which must be held by school-based co-ordinators of special educational needs and disability SEND (SENCOs) within three years of appointment to the role. By Law, SENCOs must also hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS, EYTS or QTLS).

If you have QTS, EYTS or QTLS, you will have achieved the PG Cert: National Award for SEN Co-ordination: Leading Effective, Inclusive Practice in SEN.

If you do not have QTS, EYTS or QTLS, you will achieve PG Cert: Leading Effective, Inclusive Practice in SEN but not the National Award.

This course is designed to deepen your professional knowledge and skill in leading effective practice for SEN in your organisation.

The course will also examine current legislation and service requirements for SEND. You will be supported in developing an informed, critical stance on matters of debate. You will learn to apply small-scale enquiry in deep and critical ways to improve or challenge existing practices. You will also be able to apply recent research on good practice.

Underpinning the course is a focus on positive outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and how you, as a knowledgeable, critical leader, might support others in delivering these.

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Entry requirements

PG Cert: National Award for SEN Co-ordination: Leading Effective, Inclusive Practice in SEN

Entry requirements for the PG Cert: National Award for SEN Co-ordination: Leading Effective, Inclusive Practice in SEN are as follows:

  • You must be a qualified teacher holding either QTS, QTLS or EYTS. On application, you must provide a DfE number as evidence of this qualification. If you hold the EYTS qualification then the National Award entitlesyou only to take on the post of SENCO in anearly years setting.
  • If you hold QTS you cannot take the National Award in your NQT year. If you achieved EYTS or QTLS within the last year it is recommended you speak with the programme leader about your professional experience prior to applying for the course.
  • You must have access to an appropriate setting and experience and this must be evidenced on application .
  • You must have the full support of the head teacher (or equivalent) and the governing body (or equivalent). This must be evidenced on application. A suitably qualified work-based critical friend must also be named on application.
  • For SENCOs who are new to the role, it is mandatory to achieve the award within three years of appointment. On application, this condition must be confirmed by your head teacher (or equivalent).

    PG Cert: Leading Effective, Inclusive practice in SEN

    You can apply for this course if you do not have QTS, QTLS or EYTS but graduation from the course will not include the National SENCo Award. Entry criteria are:

  • You will normally hold a first degree, equivalent experience and achievement may be taken into account if you have with less formal qualifications.
  • You must have access to an appropriate setting and experience and this must be evidenced on application.
  • You must have the support of the head teacher (or equivalent). A suitably qualified work-based critical friend must also be named on application. Please complete the following document and submit it with your application:Application - letter of support required on application (without QTS, QTLS or EYTS)
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