PGCIPP: Award for SENCO

PGCIPP: Award for SENCO

Gain the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination

Gain the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination

There is also an online version of this course.

1 year part-time
Bognor Regis Campus

Overview

Gain the nationally required qualification for newly-qualified SENCOs

The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENC) is a mandatory qualification for newly-appointed special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs).

The University of Chichester is one of the key NASENCO providers in the south of England running the mandatory qualification for newly appointed SENCOs and having achieved the Quality Standard of the NASENCO Provider Partnership.

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

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.

Who is this course for?

If you are a newly appointed SENCO with QTS working in a mainstream school you will be required to complete the mandatory programme within three years of your appointment (SEND Code of Practice, 2015).

We welcome applications from SENCOs working in Early Years settings, special schools, Post-16 provision and private schools.

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 the Learning Outcomes (NCTL, 2014) will be covered within sessions.

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.

Work-based practice

The University of Chichester is one of the key NASENCO providers in the south of England running the mandatory qualification for newly appointed SENCOs and having achieved the Quality Standard of the NASENCO Provider Partnership.

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

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.

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

Gain credits towards a full MA

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

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.

On this course you will:

  • Gain the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENC) required for newly-appointed SENCOs.
  • Develop your leadership and management skills as a SENCO.
  • Earn 60 credits towards a full MA qualification.
  • Study a course strongly rooted in work-based practice.

The Course

Innovative practical and interactive sessions to develop your knowledge and skills

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.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

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 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.

Experience

Learn at our sea-side Bognor Regis campus

Teaching and Assessment

Part-time learning that fits around you

Teaching

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.

Assessment

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 (2000 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 (3000 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.

 

As students of the University, SENCOs also have opportunities to access the library and online resources during the study days and off campus.

Student View

"I felt I defined myself as a practitioner more than I had previously"

Vicky

PGCIPP: Award for SENCO graduate
"I adore theoretical/academic study – and so this course was perfect in refining my post-grad skills and insight. The theory offered, acted as a fab springboard for my own exploration, and indeed my leadership in many areas of my practiced – not only my SENCO role. As ever though, the course opened philosophical questions regarding leadership, morality in education and I felt I defined myself as a practitioner more than I had previously – this was a personal, and professional journey in an academic setting that few practitioners get to do. I feel extremely privileged to have been a part of this. Lecturers get to know you well... They were well paced, well directed and opened up for a lot of autonomy and control over my own leadership and development."

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
£1,740
per 60 credit module. Part-time fees are calculated based on sum of module credits taken per annum.

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

University of Chichester alumni receive a 15% discount on our postgraduate courses.

Course specific costs

·         You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Entry Requirements

QTS/QTLS
or equivalent.
Honours degree
2:2
or higher in a related discipline.
IELTS
6.5
with no element lower than 5.5.
  • Relevant employment also required.
  • 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.
  • We also welcome experienced SENCOs, and SENCOs working in Early Years settings, special schools, PRUs, Further Education or private schools who are interested in gaining the National Award as part of their professional development.

You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

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