The National Award for SEN Co-ordination 2021/22



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Please find attached all relevant information for The National Award for SEN Co-ordination which will be starting in September 2021.

The PGCert National Award for SEN Coordination is delivered in the South West through a consortium approach led by Plymouth and Exeter Universities working closely with the local authorities. It is a National Award and legislation requires that it is achieved by all SENCOs in mainstream/maintained schools within 3 years of appointment to the role. 

Plymouth University works with Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Plymouth LAs. The University of Exeter works with the LAs of BCP and Dorset. The current fee for any of these locations is £2,600 for the course and we recommend that candidates undertake the course in the LA area in which they are working.

The combined Application Form, Memorandum of Agreement and Sponsor Form is attached and can also be found here: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/pgcert-the-national-award-for-special-educational-needs-coordination

Please do not be concerned at the number of modules showing on the web page – there are only 3 modules per cohort location:

  • PGSEN704 Organisational Contexts (which considers policy, and evaluates an aspect of practice and data related to SEN in context)
  • PGSEN705 Leading on teaching and learning (which requires participants to undertake an action research/practice based research inquiry related to SEN)
  • PGSEN703 Completion of a portfolio that addresses the SENCO National Learning Outcomes.

To gain the Award with the South West Consortium (Exeter or Plymouth Universities), candidates must pass the two modules via assignments and meet the SENCO Learning Outcomes through a portfolio in the third. The course takes place over an academic year, the next cohort commencing in September 2021 and completing with a final assignment hand-in of September 2022 - it includes six taught days and four strongly recommended study days. There are currently still places in each location.

To be able to undertake the course candidates need:

  • To have QTS or QTLS, be a qualified teacher (ie successfully completed (NQT) induction period) and preferably be a SENCO (EYTS with a degree may also be acceptable)
  • To have access to work with children/young people with SEN
  • To be able to lead (at least some) aspects of SEN in the school/college/educational setting
  • To have the support of the Headteacher/principal (or Chair of Governors or equivalent if the applicant is the headteacher)

If candidates cannot meet all the above criteria they can be enrolled onto the PGCert Inclusive Education which covers the same key ground, but does not require the portfolio (and so will not achieve the SENCO Award). This may be appropriate for TA’s working closely with teachers.

We also ask the Headteacher/principal to complete a Memorandum of Agreement (which is part of the combined application form), this indicates the school/college's support for the SENCO in terms of funding (where relevant), enabling attendance on the course, access to relevant information in school/college and to name an in-school supporter to provide general support for the candidate whilst progressing through the programme.

There is no longer any specific dedicated government funding for this course. The fees for 2021-22 for the whole programme (either pathway) are £2,600. This does not include any supply cover.

To apply for the programme candidates should complete the combined application form in full and return it to victoria.bamsey@plymouth.ac.uk along with copies of their certificates of qualification for processing (and if certificates are in a different name, evidence of any name change), and we will deal with them as soon as possible.

Wherever possible we aim to deliver the SENCo Award as a face-to-face course but due to COVID-19 some or all of our 2020-22 delivery may take a blended approach. 

Step by Step Guide to registering for the SENCo Award with UoP.docx

SENCO Combined Application Form 2021-22.docx

Enc 8 SENCo Award information letter to Heads.docx

SENCO Award Leaflet.pdf

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Created at 26/03/2021 09:24 by Jemma.Gillard
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