PGCiPP: National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination

The University of Chichester is one of the key providers in the south of England running the mandatory qualification for newly appointed SENCOs. Our innovative programme attracts SENCOs from counties across the south coast. We have developed a strong collaboration with local authorities to ensure that it supports both local and national requirements and we involve both national and international consultants to work with us in delivering a relevant and up-to-date programme.

“I feel more empowered to talk about matters affecting those with a special educational need and this course has provided me with the knowledge to do that.”

The National Award is required to be at Masters level and you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice with 60 Masters level credits on completion of the programme. The course is structured over one academic year and SENCOs come to the Bognor Regis Campus for one day each month. These practical and interactive sessions are aimed at equipping SENCOs to evaluate and develop effective leadership and management of SEND provision and improve the learning outcomes and achievements of pupils who have a special educational need and/or disability.

Topics include:

  • implementing the SEND Code of Practice: 0- 25years and the requirements of the Local Offer
  • developing their leadership and management skills
  • managing and deploying the SEN team;
  • understanding and using data to ensure pupils are making progress and achieving;
  • working with colleagues to create inclusive learning environments;
  • developing positive partnerships with parents and other agencies;
  • working strategically to promote achievement for all pupils with different abilities and backgrounds.

“The learning activities have been valuable and have provoked really useful discussions. As a group it has been a very supportive experience with great opportunities for networking.”

You will be required to undertake assignments that are strongly rooted in evidence-based SEND practice in the work place. At the end of the programme SENCOs prepare a portfolio of evidence to show how they have met the Learning Outcomes for SENCOs (NCTL, 2014). Staff at the university offer support and guidance throughout the programme. As students of the University, SENCOs also have opportunities to access the library and online resources during the study days and off campus.

“The most valuable part of the course was opportunities to talk with others and share practice. I very much enjoyed the professional reading and linking these thoughts and ideas to my practice.”

If you are a SENCO or Inclusion Manager new to the role with QTS, or will become a SENCO within the year of the programme, you are eligible to apply.  Eligibility also applies to SENCOs with QTS or EYTT working in Early Years settings, and SENCOS in Further Education with QTS or QTLS.  We also welcome experienced SENCOs and those working in special schools, PRUs, or private schools who are interested in gaining the National Award as part of their professional development. Please download the application form and return it with the Letter of Endorsement which is attached to the application form.

If you are a SENCO in Early Years or Further Education but do not have QTS (or the equivalent EYTT and QTLS) you can undertake a programme  of study which runs parallel to the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination. More information on SEN Policy and Practice.

The next course commences in September 2017. Once we have received your application form we will be able to contact you with information about the programme outline and dates. Attendance is one day per month (Wednesday or Thursday) at our Bognor Regis Campus. 


The course fee is £1380


Contact details:

Programme Coordinator: Diana Seach tel: 01243 812178