Registrations for the 2019-20 cohort are now closed. Please register your interest in the next cohort below.

National Award for SEN Coordination

All SENCOs new to role since 2009 must successfully complete the National Award for SEN Coordination 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.

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

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 practical work aimed at raising your knowledge 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.

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 onwards to an MA in Educational Leadership or an MA in 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.
  • You will be able to impact strategically on systems and practices across the school.
  • This course will enable you to access information and training at both national and local level.
  • 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 will provide strong leadership and a strategic approach to developing policy and practice aimed at improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

Programme Costs

The cost of the 2019-20 National Award for SEN Coordination is £1875 plus VAT (includes 1 year Regional SEND Forum membership from 1st August 2019).

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).

How practical is the 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 resource bank as well as having full access to the University of Hertfordshire library through their Studynet site or by visiting the library if you are based 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.

What happens if I can’t attend one of the face-to-face training days?
It is important that you attend all face-to-face teaching days, but if a sudden, unexpected reason means you are unable to attend we ask you to contact our administration team to arrange to attend a teaching day in another area.

Will there be supervision for my assignment work?
The team of tutors who lead the face-to-face training will provide supervision for the work you undertake for your assignments. Organisational arrangements for supervision will be explained at the start of the course by your local tutors.

How much does the training cost?
The cost of the programme for 2019-2020 is £1875+VAT (includes 1 year Regional SEND Forum membership from August 1st 2019).

I am an aspiring SENCO. Can I do the course?
You must have QTS, QTLS or EYTS* to be eligible to register for the course. If you are an aspiring SENCO you may want 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.

Our Learning 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 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.

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

Please note that registrations for the 2019-20 cohort are now closed. Please click the Register your interest button below to be the first to know when registrations are open for the next cohort.

Bedford

Venue: St Thomas More Catholic Teaching School

Day 1 – Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Day 2 – Thursday 7th November 2019
Day 3 – Wednesday 4th December 2019
Day 4 – Friday 31st January 2020
Day 5 – Wednesday 26th February 2020
Day 6 – Thursday 7th May 2020
Day 7 – Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Buckinghamshire

Venue: Heritage House School, Cameron Road, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 3BP

Day 1 – Tuesday 1st October 2019
Day 2 – Friday 8th November 2019
Day 3 – Thursday 5th December 2019
Day 4 – Monday 3rd February 2020
Day 5 – Friday 13th March 2020
Day 6 – Tuesday 5th May 2020
Day 7 – Friday 19th June 2020

Cambridge

Venue: Swavesey Village College

Day 1 – Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Day 2 – Tuesday 5th November 2019
Day 3 – Thursday 5th December 2019
Day 4 – Tuesday 28th January 2020
Day 5 – Friday 28th February 2020
Day 6 – Friday 1st May 2020
Day 7 – Monday 6th July 2020

East Cambridgeshire & Fenland

Venue: The Boathouse Centre, Wisbech

Day 1 – Friday 4th October 2019
Day 2 – Thursday 7th November 2019
Day 3 – Monday 9th December 2019
Day 4 – Wednesday 29th January 2020
Day 5 – Wednesday 4th March 2020
Day 6 – Wednesday 6th May 2020
Day 7 – Tuesday 30th June 2020

Enfield

Venue: Millfield House, Silver Street, London

Day 1 – Monday 7th October 2019
Day 2 – Friday 8th November 2019
Day 3 – Friday 6th December 2019
Day 4 – Monday 27th January 2020
Day 5 – Monday 9th March 2020
Day 6 – Monday 4th May 2020
Day 7 – Thursday 25th June 2020

Essex

Venue (Days 1-5, 7): Chelmsford City Football Club
Venue (Day 6): Colchester United Football Stadium

Day 1 – Tuesday 24th September 2019
Day 2 – Thursday 7th November 2019
Day 3 – Monday 2nd December 2019
Day 4 – Tuesday 21st January 2020
Day 5 – Thursday 5th March 2020
Day 6 – Thursday 7th May 2020
Day 7 – Monday 22nd June 2020

Hertfordshire

Venue: Robertson House, HDC

Day 1 – Monday 30th September 2019
Day 2 – Tuesday 22nd October 2019
Day 3 – Wednesday 4th December 2019
Day 4 – Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Day 5 – Thursday 12th March 2020
Day 6 – Thursday 30th April 2020
Day 7 – Wednesday 17th June 2020

Norfolk

Venue: Hethel Engineering Centre

Day 1 – Thursday 3rd October 2019
Day 2 – Thursday 7th November 2019
Day 3 – Wednesday 4th December 2019
Day 4 – Friday 31st January 2020
Day 5 – Wednesday 11th March 2020
Day 6 – Thursday 7th May 2020
Day 7 – Wednesday 24th June 2020

Peterborough

Venue: Kingsgate Conference Centre, PE1 4YT

Day 1 – Thursday 3rd October 2019
Day 2 – Tuesday 12th November 2019
Day 3 – Monday 9th December 2019
Day 4 – Monday 27th January 2020
Day 5 – Tuesday 10th March 2020
Day 6 – Wednesday 6th May 2020
Day 7 – Monday 22nd June 2020

Redbridge

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

Day 1 – Monday 7th October 2019
Day 2 – Friday 8th November 2019
Day 3 – Thursday 5th December 2019
Day 4 – Thursday 30th January 2020
Day 5 – Friday 6th March 2020
Day 6 – Thursday 30th April 2020
Day 7 – Thursday 18th June 2020

Southend-on-Sea

Venue: Tickfield Centre

Day 1 – Friday 4th October 2019
Day 2 – Thursday 7th November 2019
Day 3 – Monday 9th December 2019
Day 4 – Friday 31st January 2020
Day 5 – Thursday 5th March 2020
Day 6 – Thursday 7th May 2020
Day 7 – Friday 19th June 2020

Suffolk

Venue: Trinity Park Conference and Events Centre

Day 1 – Tuesday 8th October 2019
Day 2 – Monday 11th November 2019
Day 3 – Wednesday 4th December 2019
Day 4 – Thursday 30th January 2020
Day 5 – Monday 9th March 2020
Day 6 – Monday 11th May 2020
Day 7 – Thursday 25th June 2020

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