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National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO)

All new-to-role SENCOs since 2009 must successfully complete the National Award for SEN Coordination qualification within three years of coming into post. The Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) has been delivering the National Award since January 2010 and has a strong track record of providing a high quality, cutting-edge course delivered by well respected, up-to-date and experienced trainers. This course will enable you meet the nationally prescribed learning outcomes whilst gaining 60 Masters credits. This is a unique opportunity to engage in training on a flexi-learning basis, giving you access to information and networks at both national and local level. In addition to the face2face virtual classroom teaching sessions you will be able to access podcasts, video recordings, a themed selection of reading material and a range of dynamic activity-based experiences all designed to enhance your learning journey.

Our innovative Group 152 means that real time virtual training can be accessed wherever you are located, giving you the opportunity to network with SENCOs from across England.

We are proud to be a member of the National Award for SEN Coordination Provider Partnership.

Programme Lead – Angela Scott

Angela Scott has an Advanced Diploma in SEN, an MA in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) and over 37 years’ experience as a teacher working in a variety of leadership roles across all phases of education, nationally and internationally. Between 2015-19 she worked with the Education Bureau in Hong Kong on an innovative, ground-breaking SENCO project.

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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.

SENCOs who choose Group 152 become part of the real-time training experience with others from across the country. This provides a really exciting opportunity to broaden experiences and think at a national level whilst learning more about local practice. Those on this route will receive the same high quality, dynamic, practically-based training for which Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) is famed. Access to podcasts, video resources, themed reading, supervision and study cluster activities will be enhanced by links with relevant local networks and information updates from SEND leads from each area represented.

“I am learning so much and becoming a confident SENCO with each day that passes”

SENCO-in-training, Group 152

Accreditation

Successful completion awards 60 Masters Level credits through the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Education. You then have the option to use these credits for further study, taking you to an MA in either Educational Leadership or SEND and Inclusion.

Assessment

Prior to the first teaching day you will be signposted to some ‘book-case’ reading which will prepare the way for future teaching themes. Each participant is then encouraged to engage in a small number of pre-course tasks which focus on preparation for engaging in reading and recording ideas ready for discussion. An orientation session is provided for each group a few days prior to the day 1 teaching session. This is an opportunity to focus on administrative issues relating to the course, meet your tutor/s and begin to get to know other members of your group with whom you will be travelling for the year.

In addition to attending the 7 training days which will include study cluster activities, participants are provided with 1:1 supervision to support task completion and write-ups. Assessment for the National Award for SEN Coordination qualification includes:

1) Completion of three separate school/setting-based tasks focusing on:

  • an aspect of current provision for children and young people with SEND,
  • CPD through the use of coaching using the platform of Lesson Study,
  • a pupil-based case-study to show how dynamic person-centred assessment informs the assess, plan, do, review cycle of SEN support.

This leads to the identification of themes that might be common across the three separate tasks and thus the creation of a succinct, well-focused ‘next-steps’ action plan. The write-up of this task includes form-based frameworks, the completion of a small set of power-point slides and approximately 2500 words written to level 7 standard.

2) The second half of the course provides an opportunity for strengthening an area of SEND practice by engaging in a small-scale action research project. This will result in an assignment write-up of 4500 words, through which you will showcase the creative and positive changes that have taken place in your school/setting.

3) The SENCO professional development framework known as the Self Evaluation Tool is central to helping track the journey of progress against the nationally prescribed learning outcomes. It is also a valuable document through which SENCOs can further develop their journey beyond successful completion of the course.

4) Each SENCO in training is provided with a super-supportive Reflective Learning Journal through which to record new ideas, different perspectives and overall gains in knowledge. It is framed to reflect key teaching themes and the nationally prescribed learning outcomes and forms part of the evidence showing that learning outcomes have been met.

Entry Requirements

You must have QTS, QTLS or EYTS* to be eligible to register for the course. If you are an aspiring SENCO you will need to talk to the Programme Leader to discuss how you will carry out the practical tasks required to meet the nationally prescribed learning outcomes and the 60 credit Masters level requirements.

It is important also that you have the full support of the head teacher/principal of the school or setting in which you intend to do the work. This will ensure you can successfully complete the full range of tasks required to achieve the Award.

* Successful completion of the course for those with EYTS allows for the National Award to be validated in the Early Years sector and phase only.

Benefits to You

  • You will achieve 60 Masters level credits through the University of Hertfordshire School of Education – these can be used to further your study, taking you through the Advanced SENCO and SENCOs as Leaders Awards and onwards to an MA in either Educational Leadership or SEND and Inclusion.
  • In addition you will achieve knowledge, skills and a high level of confidence in each of the nationally prescribed learning outcomes which are essential to achieving the National Award for SEN Coordination qualification.
  • You will benefit from being able to access a national course whilst learning about local policy and practice relevant to you. The face2face virtual classroom teaching, discussion and practical activities will be supplemented by a flexi-learning approach using podcasts, video recordings, themed reading and weekly updates via the Regional SEND Forum. Through this medium, you will gain access to national and local information about the wider educational context and special educational needs policy, research and practice in particular. You will be provided with a paper-based resource pack at the beginning of the course containing a range of essential documents explanation of which will be shared at the orientation session prior to the start of the course.
  • For those taking the journey through Group 152, the commitment to enable you to access a national course whilst learning about local practice will happen in a variety of ways, and your tutor will explain how this will be achieved. The same flexi-learning approach using podcasts, video recordings, themed reading and weekly Regional SEND Forum information will be available. The added benefit of Group 152 is the opportunity to network with new-to-role and aspiring SENCOs from across the country and beyond!

  • You will be able to impact strategically on systems and practices across the school/setting as part of the practical tasks during the course.
  • You will gain in-depth knowledge and skills to enable you to lead on the development of policy and practice for children and young people with special educational needs in your school or educational setting.


“The course inspired me to make changes in my school.”

Enfield SENCO

Benefit to your Organisation

  • Ensures you are statutorily compliant.
  • A SENCO who has successfully completed the National Award for SEN Coordination with the Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) will provide strong leadership and a strategic approach to developing policy and practice aimed at improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
  • Your knowledge about local SEND networks gained from the course will contribute to the advice and guidance you are able to give to your colleagues at both the strategic and operational levels.

  • During the course, you will be carrying out a range of practical activities which will have a positive impact on your role as a SENCO but also on the policy and practice for SEND within the school/setting.

“Ideas from teaching days and reading are really useful to apply within the school setting.”

SENCO-in-training, Group 152

Programme Costs

The cost of the 2021-22 National Award for SEN Coordination is £1945+VAT (includes 1 year Regional SEND Forum membership from 1st September 2021).

Frequently Asked Questions

How many face2face teaching days are there?

There are seven face2face teaching days delivered through our real-time virtual classroom. You can then take a flexi-learning approach using our dedicated podcasts, video recordings and themed reading to support your practice-based tasks and write-ups.

 

What happens if I can’t attend one of the training days?

It is important that you attend all of the training days, but if a sudden, unexpected reason means you are unable to attend, we ask you to contact the administrative team who will help you arrange attendance at a teaching day in one of the other groups. You will also be able to access the follow-up podcasts relevant to your local area.

 

How practical is this programme?

You will be expected to show how you are putting your new learning into practice. To help you meet the National Award for SEN Coordination learning outcomes and achieve the 60 Masters level credits, focused practical tasks will be required of you following each of the teaching days. The detail about each of the tasks is outlined in the ‘Assessment’ section above.

You will be able to access relevant and up-to-date reading from a dedicated Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) resource bank and the weekly Regional SEND Forum updates. You will also have access to the University of Hertfordshire library either virtually through the Studynet site or by visiting the library if you live nearby.

 

The programme runs for one academic year, when will I be expected to write assignments?

The first three tasks and their associated write-ups detailed in the ‘Assessment’ section above are set between day 1 of the course in September/October through to the mid-point of the programme with submission being timed for mid-January.

The school/setting-based action research project detailed in the ‘Assessment’ section above begins in January and is timed to be completed in June/July. Its associated write-up is submitted no later than mid-August.

 

How much does the training cost?

The cost of the programme for 2021-2022 is £1945+VAT (includes 1 year Regional SEND Forum membership from 1st September 2021).

The cost is the same for all groups and is inclusive of pre-course reading and activities, an orientation session, teaching and supervision, the SENCO Self-Evaluation/Journey Planner, Reflective Learning Journal, podcasts, video recordings, themed reading and resources, remote access to the University of Hertfordshire library and weekly updates via the Regional SEND Forum.

Each participant will be sent an initial physical resource pack incorporated in a course folder.

“The teaching days are very informative and well presented, they encourage confidence as a SENCO to challenge practice… and try new things!”

Current Group 152 participant

 

Will there be supervision for my assignment work?

The team of tutors who lead the face2face training along with a number of practicing qualified SENCOs/SEND leads who have masters level experience and qualifications will provide supervision for the work you undertake for your assignments. Academic writing frameworks and supporting videos are provided as part of supervision support.

Our Learning Management System (LMS)

The Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) provides easy access to a range of documents, practical resources, journal articles and videos via a dedicated online portal. The materials are organised by their relevance to the content for each teaching day and presented in Must/Should/Could categories. Once registration with the Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) has been confirmed and Day One of the course is approaching, access is made available to a range of reading materials known as the ‘Bookcase’. These will help you gain early insights into some of the important principles underpinning the role of the SENCO.

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.

Testimonials

‘An excellent course delivered by an even better team!’ Essex SENCO

‘Thank you for a rigorously planned and competently delivered course. The information covered was excellent and the delivery team were superb.’ Hertfordshire SENCO

‘The teaching days were the best part of the course. The lead teacher was excellent and a very valuable source of expertise.’ Cambridgeshire SENCO

‘The trainers are outstanding!’ Essex SENCO

‘Fantastic course – one of the best I have been on.’ Redbridge SENCO

‘I have loved the course and all the sessions. I feel I learnt a lot and the assignments were practical and relevant. Thanks for providing an excellent programme.’ Norfolk SENCO

‘Thank you for teaching in such a clear and understanding way. The discussions we had during our contact days were invaluable. Would have loved more and to also to continue them in the future!’ Peterborough SENCO

How to register

Registrations for the 2021-22 cohort are now open. Please view the available groups and dates below and scroll down to the Register button at the bottom of the page to begin.

Bedford Borough/Central Beds

Venue: Face2face Virtual Classroom delivery. Opportunities for venue-based delivery and / or study clusters will be considered in the second half of the course (Spring/Summer 2022).

Day 1 – Wednesday 29th September 2021
Day 2 – Wednesday 3rd November 2021
Day 3 – Thursday 2nd December 2021
Day 4 – Wednesday 26th January 2022
Day 5 – Tuesday 22nd February 2022
Day 6 – Thursday 5th May 2022
Day 7 – Thursday 23rd June 2022

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Buckinghamshire

Venue: Face2face Virtual Classroom delivery. Opportunities for venue-based delivery and / or study clusters will be considered in the second half of the course (Spring/Summer 2022).

Day 1 – Friday 1st October 2021
Day 2 – Thursday 4th November 2021
Day 3 – Tuesday 7th December 2021
Day 4 – Wednesday 26th January 2022
Day 5 – Friday 4th March 2022
Day 6 – Thursday 5th May 2022
Day 7 – Friday 17th June 2022

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Cambridge

Venue: Face2face Virtual Classroom delivery. Opportunities for venue-based delivery and / or study clusters will be considered in the second half of the course (Spring/Summer 2022).

Day 1 – Thursday 30th September 2021
Day 2 – Tuesday 2nd November 2021
Day 3 – Friday 3rd December 2021
Day 4 – Tuesday 25th January 2022
Day 5 – Wednesday 23rd February 2022
Day 6 – Tuesday 10th May 2022
Day 7 – Tuesday 5th July 2022

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Enfield

Venue: Face2face Virtual Classroom delivery. Opportunities for venue-based delivery and / or study clusters will be considered in the second half of the course (Spring/Summer 2022).

Day 1 – Thursday 30th September 2021
Day 2 – Thursday 11th November 2021
Day 3 – Thursday 9th December 2021
Day 4 – Monday 24th January 2022
Day 5 – Monday 7th March 2022
Day 6 – Thursday 5th May 2022
Day 7 – Thursday 23rd June 2022

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Essex

Venue: Face2face Virtual Classroom delivery. Opportunities for venue-based delivery and / or study clusters will be considered in the second half of the course (Spring/Summer 2022).

Day 1 – Monday 4th October 2021
Day 2 – Thursday 4th November 2021
Day 3 – Monday 6th December 2021
Day 4 – Monday 31st January 2022
Day 5 – Thursday 3rd March 2022
Day 6 – Thursday 28th April 2022
Day 7 – Monday 27th June 2022

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Hertfordshire

Venue: Face2face Virtual Classroom delivery. Opportunities for venue-based delivery and / or study clusters will be considered in the second half of the course (Spring/Summer 2022).

Day 1 – Tuesday 28th September 2021
Day 2 – Thursday 21st October 2021
Day 3 – Wednesday 1st December 2021
Day 4 – Thursday 20th January 2022
Day 5 – Tuesday 8th March 2022
Day 6 – Wednesday 27th April 2022
Day 7 – Friday 17th June 2022

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National - Group 152

Virtual Classroom route

Day 1 – Friday 8th October 2021
Day 2 – Friday 12th November 2021
Day 3 – Friday 10th December 2021
Day 4 – Friday 28th January 2022
Day 5 – Friday 11th March 2022
Day 6 – Friday 6th May 2022
Day 7 – Friday 24th June 2022

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Norfolk

Venue: Face2face Virtual Classroom delivery. Opportunities for venue-based delivery and / or study clusters will be considered in the second half of the course (Spring/Summer 2022).

Day 1 – Thursday 7th October 2021
Day 2 – Wednesday 3rd November 2021
Day 3 – Thursday 2nd December 2021
Day 4 – Friday 28th January 2022
Day 5 – Wednesday 9th March 2022
Day 6 – Friday 6th May 2022
Day 7 – Tuesday 21st June 2022

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Peterborough

Venue: Face2face Virtual Classroom delivery. Opportunities for venue-based delivery and / or study clusters will be considered in the second half of the course (Spring/Summer 2022).

Day 1 – Wednesday 6th October 2021
Day 2 – Monday 8th November 2021
Day 3 – Wednesday 1st December 2021
Day 4 – Monday 24th January 2022
Day 5 – Tuesday 15th March 2022
Day 6 – Wednesday 11th May 2022
Day 7 – Wednesday 22nd June 2022

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Redbridge

Venue: Face2face Virtual Classroom delivery. Opportunities for venue-based delivery and / or study clusters will be considered in the second half of the course (Spring/Summer 2022).

Day 1 – Thursday 7th October 2021
Day 2 – Thursday 4th November 2021
Day 3 – Thursday 2nd December 2021
Day 4 – Thursday 27th January 2022
Day 5 – Thursday 10th March 2022
Day 6 – Thursday 5th May 2022
Day 7 – Thursday 16th June 2022

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Southend-on-Sea

Venue: Face2face Virtual Classroom delivery. Opportunities for venue-based delivery and / or study clusters will be considered in the second half of the course (Spring/Summer 2022).

Day 1 – Friday 8th October 2021
Day 2 – Friday 5th November 2021
Day 3 – Friday 3rd December 2021
Day 4 – Friday 28th January 2022
Day 5 – Friday 11th March 2022
Day 6 – Friday 6th May 2022
Day 7 – Friday 17th June 2022

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Suffolk

Venue: Face2face Virtual Classroom delivery. Opportunities for venue-based delivery and / or study clusters will be considered in the second half of the course (Spring/Summer 2022).

Day 1 – Tuesday 5th October 2021
Day 2 – Wednesday 10th November 2021
Day 3 – Friday 3rd December 2021
Day 4 – Friday 21st January 2022
Day 5 – Thursday 10th March 2022
Day 6 – Tuesday 10th May 2022
Day 7 – Monday 20th June 2022

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2020-21 Dates

Please note that these dates are for groups that have already started and are for reference only. Please view the How to register section on this page for a list of upcoming groups.

Bedford

Venue: St Thomas More Catholic Teaching School

Day 1 – Wednesday 30th September 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 2 – Wednesday 4th November 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 3 – Thursday 3rd December 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 4 – Wednesday 27th January 2021 (virtual classroom)

Day 5 – Thursday 25th Feb 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 6 – Wednesday 5th May 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 7 – Thursday 24th June 2021
(virtual classroom)

Buckinghamshire

Venue: Booker Park Training Centre, Stoke Leys Close, Kynaston Avenue, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP21 9ETP

Day 1 – Friday 2nd October 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 2 – Friday 6th November 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 3 – Thursday 3rd December 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 4 – Wednesday 27th January 2021 (virtual classroom)

Day 5 – Friday 5th March 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 6 – Thursday 6th May 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 7 – Friday 18th June 2021
(virtual classroom)

Cambridge

Venue: Swavesey Village College

Day 1 – Wednesday 30th September 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 2 – Tuesday 3rd November 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 3 – Friday 4th December 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 4 – Tuesday 26th January 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 5 – Thursday 25th February 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 6 – Wednesday 5th May 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 7 – Tuesday 6th July 2021
(virtual classroom)

Enfield

Venue: Millfield House, Silver Street, London

Day 1 – Thursday 1st October 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 2 – Monday 9th November 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 3 – Thursday 10th December 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 4 – Monday 25th January 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 5 – Monday 1st March 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 6 – Monday 26th April 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 7 – Thursday 24th June 2021
(virtual classroom)

Essex

Venue: Chelmsford City Football Club

Day 1 – Monday 5th October 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 2 – Thursday 12th November 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 3 – Monday 7th December 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 4 – Thursday 21st January 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 5 – Thursday 4th March 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 6 – Thursday 6th May 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 7 – Monday 21st June 2021
(virtual classroom)

Hertfordshire

Venue: Robertson House, HDC

Day 1 – Monday 28th September 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 2 – Thursday 22nd October 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 3 – Wednesday 2nd December 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 4 – Wednesday 20th January 2021 (virtual classroom)

Day 5 – Tuesday 9th March 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 6 – Monday 26th April 2021
(virtual classroom)
Day 7 – Wednesday 16th June 2021

National - 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 9th October 2020
Day 2 – Friday 13th November 2020
Day 3 – Friday 11th December 2020
Day 4 – Friday 29th January 2021
Day 5 – Friday 12th March 2021
Day 6 – Friday 14th May 2021
Day 7 – Friday 25th June 2021

Norfolk

Venue: Hethel Engineering Centre

Day 1 – Thursday 1st October 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 2 – Wednesday 4th November 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 3 – Thursday 3rd December 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 4 – Friday 29th January 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 5 – Wednesday 10th March 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 6 – Friday 7th May 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 7 – Tuesday 22nd June 2021
(virtual classroom)

Peterborough

Venue: Kingsgate Conference Centre, PE1 4YT

Day 1 – Tuesday 6th October 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 2 – Monday 9th November 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 3 – Wednesday 2nd December 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 4 – Tuesday 26th January 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 5 – Thursday 11th March 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 6 – Tuesday 11th May 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 7 – Tuesday 22nd June 2021
(virtual classroom)

Redbridge

Venue: Gearies Children’s Centre, Ilford, IG2 6TF

Day 1 – Thursday 8th October 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 2 – Thursday 12th November 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 3 – Thursday 3rd December 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 4 – Thursday 28th January 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 5 – Thursday 11th March 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 6 – Thursday 29th April 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 7 – Thursday 17th June 2021
(virtual classroom)

Southend-on-Sea

Venue: Tickfield Centre

Day 1 – Friday 2nd October 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 2 – Friday 6th November 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 3 – Friday 4th December 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 4 – Friday 29th January 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 5 – Friday 12th March 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 6 – Friday 7th May 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 7 – Friday 18th June 2021
(virtual classroom)

Suffolk

Venue: Trinity Park Conference and Events Centre

Day 1 – Thursday 8th October 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 2 – Wednesday 11th November 2020 (virtual classroom)

Day 3 – Friday 4th December 2020
(virtual classroom)

Day 4 – Thursday 28th January 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 5 – Tuesday 9th March 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 6 – Wednesday 12th May 2021
(virtual classroom)

Day 7 – Thursday 24th June 2021
(virtual classroom)

We work in partnership with the following organisations to deliver the National Award for SEN Coordination: