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Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice: National Award for SENCO

We are one of the key providers in the south of England running the mandatory qualification for newly appointed SENCOs. SENCOs who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (60  Masters Level credits) and will have the opportunity to continue their study to a full MA qualification.

Student view

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 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.

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.

I now have more confidence and a higher profile in school when working with pupils, colleagues and parents.

Course content

Our innovative programme attracts teachers from West Sussex, East Sussex, Brighton & Hove, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.

We have developed a strong collaboration with local authorities and partners to ensure that it supports both local and national requirements and we involve national and international experts to work with us in delivering a relevant and up-to-date programme.

The programme is strongly rooted in work-based practice, equipping SENCOs to evaluate and develop effective leadership and management of SEND provision.

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 practical and interactive sessions are an opportunity for SENCOs to meet and discuss topics including:

  • the statutory and regulatory context for SEN and the implications for practice in the school or setting (including requirements for the Local Offer)
  • the principles and practice of leadership in different contexts
  • how a SEN and/or disability affect pupils’ participation and learning
  • strategies for improving outcomes for pupils with SEN and/or disabilities
  • working strategically with senior colleagues and governors
  • leading and developing colleagues and promoting improvements in teaching
  • evaluating evidence about learning, teaching and assessment in relation pupils with SEN to inform practice
  • drawing on external sources of support and expertise
  • developing, implementing and monitoring systems
  • using person-centred approaches to build on and extend the experiences, interests, skills and knowledge of children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities
  • encouraging family leadership with parents and carers as equal partners in their child’s achievement, progress and well-being

Our facilities

Our facilities content

You will study for your PGCiPP at our Bognor Regis Campus. Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. At the Bognor Regis Campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. 

We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research.

A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our brand new award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus hosting a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations. 

An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans. The campus also offers purpose built classrooms for the teacher training courses, as well as lecture and seminar rooms.

Where this can take you

SENCOs who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (60 Masters level credits) and will have the opportunity to continue their study to a full MA qualification.

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

The PGCiPP: National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination is delivered part time over one year and includes nine study days and a conference, work-based research, peer support and access to the University library and online resources.

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.

The practical and interactive sessions are an opportunity for SENCOs to discuss topics including:

  • the statutory and regulatory context for SEND provision and the implications for practice in the school or setting (including requirements for the Local Offer)
  • the principles and practice of leadership in different contexts
  • how a SEND affect pupils’ participation and learning
  • strategies for improving outcomes for pupils with SEND
  • working strategically with senior colleagues and governors
  • leading and developing colleagues and promoting improvements in teaching
  • evaluating evidence about learning, teaching and assessment in relation pupils with SEND to inform practice
  • drawing on external sources of support and expertise
  • developing, implementing and monitoring systems
  • using person-centred approaches to build on and extend the experiences, interests, skills and knowledge of children and young people with SEND
  • encouraging family leadership with parents and carers as equal partners in their child’s achievement, progress and well-being

Teaching and assessment

The course is structured over one academic year and SENCOs come to the Bognor Regis Campus for one day each month.  The interactive seminars include information on current legislation and policies, discussions on practical strategies for their implementation and opportunities for independent study.

You will be required to undertake assignments that are strongly rooted in evidence-based SEND practice in the work place and support you in achieving the Learning Outcomes for SENCOs (NCTL, 2014).

Assignment 1: Commentary (1000 words)  A critical understanding of your current role as SENCO.

Assignment 2: Essay (3000 words) Using critical incidents to evaluation your leadership and management role in developing SEND provision in your workplace.

Assignment 3: Presentation (10 minute/2000 word equivalent) – outlining the small-scale research you will undertake in your workplace.

Assignment 4: Research Project (4000 words) on an aspect of SEND provision that promotes inclusive practice in the workplace.

Assignment 5: Portfolio (2000 words) 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). This will be a critical evaluation of your leadership and management development with supportive evidence from key stakeholders and the changes you have made to SEND provision and inclusive practice in the workplace.

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.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

Applying

If you are a newly appointed SENCO with QTS working in a mainstream school you will be required to undertake the mandatory programme within 12 months of your appointment (SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years, 2015). SENCOs with the equivalent EYTS or QTLS, can also apply to gain the National Award.

Experienced and aspiring SENCOs who are working in a SEND work setting and/or are members of the Senior Leadership Team interested in gaining the qualification may also apply with the assurance that Learning Outcomes (NCTL, 2014) can be met in that role. We welcome applications from SENCOs working in Early Years settings, special schools, Further Education and private schools.

Where a SENCO working in an Early Years setting or Post-16 provision does not have QTS (or the equivalent qualification), please contact us for further information about alternative courses we can offer.

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.

Please download the application form and return it with the Letter of Endorsement to:

SSENCOT Administrator
​Bognor Regis Campus
Upper Bognor Road
Bognor Regis
West Sussex  
PO21 1HR

01243 812045
SSENCOT@chi.ac.uk 

Fees

The course fee is £1380.

If your school is funding you, please complete a Sponsorship Agreement form

Contact us

Heather Green

Programme Coordinator for NASENco
h.green@chi.ac.uk
01243 812123

Administrator: Sharon Robinson
SSENCOT@chi.ac.uk 
01243 812045

 

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Codes

College Code: 
C58

Course length

1 year
Part Time