Advanced SENCO Award

The Advanced SENCO Award is a unique programme which is available as an accredited course or as an exciting CPD opportunity depending on the outcome you want to achieve. It builds on the learning from the National Award for SEN Coordination qualification, gained either through Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) or any other approved provider, and develops a specific focus on introducing and embedding change. The Award is also 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.

Group 152

Welcome to Group 152, so named because SENCOs and aspiring SENCOs from any of the 152 local authorities in England can join this virtual classroom route to enjoy a real-time interactive experience and develop networking opportunities with others across the country.

Group 152 also provides a perfect route for any SENCOs who are needing to look after their health and wellbeing throughout the Covid-19 era. SENCOs on this route can be assured they will receive the same high quality, dynamic, practically-based training for which the Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) is famed. Access to resources and support will ensure this is a positive and memorable experience

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 and are intended to broaden and deepen knowledge and skills in each of the outcome areas.

Accreditation and CPD routes

You can choose one of two routes:

Accredited Route: 30 M level credits (University of Hertfordshire)

  • Attend the 5 face-to-face teaching days
  • Complete a school/setting-based action research project
  • Present a summary of your project during the final face-to-face session
  • Write a 4500 word assignment describing your school-based project

Non-accredited CPD route:

  • Attend the 5 face-to-face teaching days
  • Complete a school/setting-based action research project
  • Present a summary of your project during the final face-to-face session

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

For those wishing to continue their journey towards an MA in Educational Leadership or SEND and Inclusion, this provides an exciting opportunity to further develop SENCO knowledge, skills and practice whilst gaining a further 30 M level credits.

For SENCOs who wish to take the non-accredited CPD route, the opportunity to acquire up-to-date cutting-edge knowledge to help develop SENCO practice is the prime purpose. The project work gives a meaningful way to put ideas into action and the contact with SENCOs from across the region helps to extend thinking and consider new ideas and different perspectives.

Benefit 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 SEND 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 Venue Options

The course is delivered by qualified and highly experienced tutors and comprises five teaching days with time being  given on the final day to share project summaries.

You can access the Advanced SENCO Award at our Central venue or via our innovative Group 152 virtual classroom. There is flexibility to mix and match these two options should you wish, but on registration you will need to indicate your main venue.

Programme Costs

Accredited route: £985+VAT

(Accreditation by the School of Education, University of Hertfordshire)

Non-accredited CPD route: £625+VAT

Both routes include 6 months free membership of the Regional SEND Forum starting 1st January 2021.

Our Learner Management System (LMS)

The LMS is the Eastern Partnership’s online learning platform which you will have access to 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 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.

You will also have access to resources and materials from the Regional SEND Forum for which log-in details will be sent prior to starting the course.

How to register

The next Advanced SENCO Award programme begins in January 2021. Please click the button below to register.

Dates for 2021

The Nucleus

Venue: The Nucleus, Chesterford Research Park

Day 1 – Thursday 14th January 2021

Day 2 – Wednesday 10th February 2021

Day 3 – Friday 19th March 2021

Day 4 – Tuesday 27th April 2021

Day 5 – Thursday 20th May 2021

Group 152

 Venue: a study place of your choice from where you will be able to participate in the day’s teaching/activities and discussion. All sessions start at 9.30 and allowing for coffee, lunch and tea breaks will run through until 4/4.30.

Day 1 – Friday 15th January 2021

Day 2 – Friday 12th February 2021

Day 3 – Friday 26th March 2021

Day 4 – Friday 30th April 2021

Day 5 – Friday 21st May 2021

Current Groups


Venue: The Nucleus, Chesterford Research Park

Day 1 – Wednesday 15th January 2020

Day 2 – Tuesday 11th February 2020

Day 3 – Thursday 18th June 2020
(online not at the venue)

Day 4 – Wednesday 8th July 2020
(online not at the venue)

Day 5 – Tuesday 15th September 2020
(online not at the venue)


Venue: Gearies Children’s Centre, Waremead Road, Gants Hill, IG2 6TF

Day 1 – Monday 20th January 2020

Day 2 – Monday 10th February 2020

Day 3 – Friday 26th June 2020
(online not at the venue)

Day 4 – Friday 10th July 2020
(online not at the venue)

Day 5 – Monday 14th September 2020
(online not at the venue)

We work in partnership with the following organisations to deliver the Advanced SENCO Award: