Advanced SENCO Award

Whether you are a SENCO who has completed the National Award for SEN Coordination and wish to progress your studies, or you are an experienced SENCO wishing to update or deepen your knowledge and skills, this course is suitable for you. It is particularly valuable for those who are carrying out the SENCO role in more than one school or guiding the work of other SENCOs within groups of schools.
Course Content
  • Strategic work with colleagues within school or across schools.
  • Improving participation in learning in a variety of contexts.
  • Leading, developing and where necessary, challenging practice.
  • Evaluating evidence about learning.
  • Developing, monitoring and evaluating systems within one or multiple settings.
  • Implementing change.
  • Your learning will impact on your personal and professional qualities as a SENCO.

The knowledge and skills you will gain are in line with the national learning outcomes for SENCOs taking part in M level study.

Assessment and Accreditation

Accredited Route:

  • Attendance.
  • Completion of an action research project.
  • 4,500 word assignment describing a school-based project.

Accreditation is worth 30 Masters Level Credits.

You can also choose to study for the Advanced SENCO award by taking a non-accredited route.

Certificated Route:

  • Attendance.
  • Completion of an action research project which is assessed through presentation.
Entry Requirements
Participants must hold Qualified Teacher Status and have either successfully completed the National Award for SEN Coordination or have been a SENCO in post since 2009.
Benefits to You
  • The knowledge and skills you will gain are in line with the national learning outcomes for SENCOs taking part in M level study.
  • Successful completion of the accredited route will result in 30 Masters Level credits with the University of Hertfordshire, and the opportunity to progress your studies to a full MA level.
Benefits to your Organisation
  • The development, monitoring, and evaluation of systems and practices within one or multiple settings.
  • The increased knowledge and experience gained through this course will be invaluable to schools and education settings wishing to guarantee high quality SEN provision.
  • SENCOs will use leadership skills to carry out a school-based project designed to develop practice and provision for children and young people with SEND.
Delivery Pattern and Venues
Where numbers allow the course is delivered in multiple areas across the region and additional groups can be set up in other areas where there are 10 or more participants. The course is delivered by qualified and highly experienced specialist tutors and normally comprises four days teaching in your local area and a one day regional conference/presentation day.
Our Learning Management System (LMS)

The LMS is the Eastern Partnership’s online learning platform to which you will have access throughout the course. Reading materials and resources, as well as the training day materials/PowerPoints will be uploaded each time you have a teaching day and throughout the course to assist with learning and development. You will be expected to access a certain amount of the information in order to pass the course.

You will be set up with a unique log in prior to the course commencing and you can continue to use this facility throughout the duration of your course.

For those who are current participants you can access the LMS at any time either by clicking ‘Access LMS’ in the main menu of the site, or by clicking here.

Our Partners

In order to deliver this qualification, we work in partnership with the following organisations:

University of Hertfordshire

Bedford Borough Council

Cambridgeshire County Council

Carillon (covering Southend-on-Sea)

Enfield Council

Essex County Council

Herts for Learning

London Borough of Redbridge

Norfolk County Council

Peterborough City Council

Peterborough Learning Partnership

Suffolk County Council

*Interchangeable use of the language SEN/SEND.

How to register

Dates for the 2017-18 Advanced SENCO Award cohort are published on the sidebar of this page. Dates for the next course will be available from the Summer term 2018. Please click the Registration of interest button below to receive an alert about the application details for the next course.