Sheffield Hallam University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Special Educational Needs Coordination (National Award for SEN Co-Ordination) (Taught)

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Course summary

Course Summary

  • Create professional and personal development opportunities for Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs).
  • Empower SENCOs to develop, influence and lead practice and policy in their current and/or future contexts.
  • Establish an authoritative voice within your school or setting founded on a broad and deep knowledge base.
  • Enable SENCOs to challenge their own and others' values and assumptions through a critical evaluation of legislation, theory, policy and practice.
This course has been developed for those currently working as, or aspiring to be, special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) and is mandatory for all SENCOs appointed since 2008. It has been accredited by NASENCO and has been devised in order to address the professional learning outcomes required for the National Award. All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. A large proportion of your studies will be undertaken at your current educational setting, and you'll spend up to ten teaching/tutorial/study days which are spread over the course duration. You'll study Special Educational Needs coordination in the role of both manager and leader; evaluating and developing policy, promoting sound person-centred planning and building professional partnerships. You'll be supported by Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) specialists throughout your study, and this course has been widely praised for its contribution to the provision with children with SEND. You learn through
  • Practice-based learning
  • Written assignments
  • Teaching/tutorial/study days
  • Workplace evaluations
**Applied learning Work placements** You will apply your studies to your current position as a SENCO or in a Special Educational Needs-related position, and will be mentored throughout in doing so.


Compulsory modules Senco As Leader: People, Principles And Partnerships Senco As Manager: Evaluating And Developing Policy And Provision

Assessment method


Entry requirements

To apply for this course you must have QTS, QTLS or EYTS and and have completed a period of induction. You must be a qualified teacher who is: • designated as the SENCO or • an aspiring SENCO or • an inclusion manager or • in a position to undertake the duties of a SENCO You also need a document from your head teacher supporting your application and to provide your sponsorship details - See website links on our website course page ( The course is designed for new SENCOs but we also welcome applications from experienced SENCOs. The SENCo Award must be achieved within 3 years of appointment to the role.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Special Educational Needs Coordination (National Award for SEN Co-Ordination) at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS