Registrations are now open for the 2021-2022 cohort.
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National Award for SEN Coordination

All SENCOs new-to-role 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. The course will enable you meet the nationally prescribed learning outcomes whilst gaining 60 Masters credits. You can access the training in your local area which gives you the advantage of being able to network with local SENCOs as well as gain knowledge about systems and processes which directly relate to your school or setting.

Note: Face-to-face training will follow the current social distancing guidelines and if an area is required to go into lockdown at any point during the course, the face-to-face session/s will be provided via the virtual classroom facility.

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.

Group 152 Virtual Classroom

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.

If you choose Group 152 but wish to join an occasional face-to-face training day in one of the other areas, you are welcome to do so; just chat to one of our administrative colleagues to plan this in. Group 152 also provides a perfect route for any SENCOs who would prefer not to travel to a venue but instead be part of our innovative National Award Programme via a real-time training experience with others from across the country. This provides a really exciting opportunity to broaden experiences and thinking at a national level. 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 and access to resources, support and additional study cluster arrangements will ensure this is a positive and memorable experience.

“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

In addition to attending training, study clusters and accessing the supervision support, each participant must complete two 4500 word assignments at Masters Level. The content for both assignments is based on tried and tested practical work designed to meet the nationally prescribed learning outcomes and in so doing, raise your knowledge, skills and confidence as a SENCO.

Your study will be guided by experienced tutors throughout the course, and feedback from past SENCOs has described assignment support and supervision as ‘fantastic’. The assignments will demonstrate your growing knowledge as a SENCO and your ability to lead change to policy and practice across your school/setting.

You will use an innovative Self Evaluation Tool throughout the course. This will provide the basis for ensuring you meet the nationally prescribed Learning Outcomes which in addition to the master’s credits are an essential component to gaining the qualification.

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.
  • You will benefit from face-to-face teaching, discussion and practical activities aimed at providing you with the best learning environment from which to shape your journey as a SENCO.
  • For those taking the journey through Group 152, the face-to-face training will be via a dynamic, real-time virtual classroom experience. If you wish to attend any of the sessions at one of the local venues then Group 152 gives you the option to do so. A resource pack along with additional study cluster opportunities will be provided as part of the Group 152 experience.

  • You will be able to impact strategically on systems and practices across the school/setting as part of the practical tasks during the course.
  • This course will enable you to access information and training at both national and local level and you will receive regular education and research updates via the Regional SEND Forum as an integral part of the programme. 
  • 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.


Feedback from current course participant: ‘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.
  • 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 face-to-face days am I expected to attend?
There are seven face-to-face days in total (different dates for each area including Group 152).

 

What happens if I can’t attend one of the training days?
It is important that you attend all training days, but if a sudden, unexpected reason means you are unable to attend we ask you to contact our administrative team to arrange to attend a teaching day in another area or book in for the Group 152 virtual classroom teaching day.

If you are a member of Group 152 and are unexpectedly unable to attend a teaching day, you will be able to arrange a conversation with the Programme Lead to discuss catch-up arrangements.

 

How practical is this course?
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.

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 course runs for one academic year, when will I be expected to write assignments?
The first assignment will contain information showing the outcomes, analysis and reflections on practical, in-school tasks set between day one of the course in September/October through to the midpoint of the training.

The second assignment will focus on completing an action research project identifying an area of work which is a priority for each SENCO in their school.

 

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 teaching, access to the innovative SENCO Self Evaluation/journey planner, Reflective Learning Journal, supervision for the practical tasks and assignments, a comprehensive suite of resources, access to the University library online and weekly information updates via the Regional SEND Forum.

For those choosing the Group 152 route you will be sent your initial physical resource pack and will benefit from all of the above via the real time training experience.

“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 face-to face 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

Local venue normally near Bedford
Keeping Covid-secure: Training will be at the venue with appropriate social distancing according to government guidelines or, if circumstances dictate, via our virtual classroom.

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

Buckinghamshire

Local venue – normally Aylesbury
Keeping Covid-secure: Training will be at the venue with appropriate social distancing according to government guidelines or, if circumstances dictate, via our virtual classroom.

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

Cambridge

Local venue – normally Swavesey
Keeping Covid-secure: Training will be at the venue with appropriate social distancing according to government guidelines or, if circumstances dictate, via our virtual classroom.

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

Enfield

Local venue – normally Millfield House
Keeping Covid-secure: Training will be at the venue with appropriate social distancing according to government guidelines or, if circumstances dictate, via our virtual classroom.

Day 1 – Thursday 30th September 2021
Day 2 – Thursday 4th November 2021
Day 3 – Thursday 9th December 2021
Day 4 – Monday 24th January 2022
Day 5 – Monday 7th March 2022
Day 6 – Thursday 28th April 2022
Day 7 – Thursday 23rd June 2022

Essex

Local venue – normally Chelmsford FC
Keeping Covid-secure: Training will be at the venue with appropriate social distancing according to government guidelines or, if circumstances dictate, via our virtual classroom.

Day 1 – Monday 4th October 2021
Day 2 – Thursday 11th November 2021
Day 3 – Monday 6th December 2021
Day 4 – Monday 31st January 2022
Day 5 – Thursday 3rd March 2022
Day 6 – Thursday 5th May 2022
Day 7 – Monday 27th June 2022

Group 152 (National)

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

Hertfordshire

Local venue – normally Stevenage
Keeping Covid-secure: Training will be at the venue with appropriate social distancing according to government guidelines or, if circumstances dictate, via our virtual classroom.

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

Norfolk

Local venue – normally Hethel Engineering Centre
Keeping Covid-secure: Training will be at the venue with appropriate social distancing according to government guidelines or, if circumstances dictate, via our virtual classroom.

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

Peterborough

Local venue – normally Kingsgate
Keeping Covid-secure: Training will be at the venue with appropriate social distancing according to government guidelines or, if circumstances dictate, via our virtual classroom.

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

Redbridge

Local venue – normally Gearies Children’s Centre
Keeping Covid-secure: Training will be at the venue with appropriate social distancing according to government guidelines or, if circumstances dictate, via our virtual classroom.

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

Southend-on-Sea

Local venue – normally Tickfield Centre
Keeping Covid-secure: Training will be at the venue with appropriate social distancing according to government guidelines or, if circumstances dictate, via our virtual classroom.

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

Suffolk

Local venue – normally Trinity Park
Keeping Covid-secure: Training will be at the venue with appropriate social distancing according to government guidelines or, if circumstances dictate, via our virtual classroom.

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

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
Day 6 – Wednesday 5th May 2021
Day 7 – Thursday 24th June 2021

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
Day 6 – Thursday 6th May 2021
Day 7 – Friday 18th June 2021

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 Feb 2021
Day 6 – Wednesday 5th May 2021
Day 7 – Tuesday 6th July 2021

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
Day 6 – Monday 26th April 2021
Day 7 – Thursday 24th June 2021

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
Day 6 – Thursday 6th May 2021
Day 7 – Monday 21st June 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 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

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
Day 6 – Monday 26th April 2021
Day 7 – Wednesday 16th 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
Day 6 – Friday 7th May 2021
Day 7 – Tuesday 22nd June 2021

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
Day 6 – Tuesday 11th May 2021
Day 7 – Tuesday 22nd June 2021

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
Day 6 – Thursday 29th April 2021
Day 7 – Thursday 17th June 2021

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
Day 6 – Friday 7th May 2021
Day 7 – Friday 18th June 2021

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
Day 6 – Wednesday 12th May 2021
Day 7 – Thursday 24th June 2021

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