Registrations for local and national groups for the 2020-21 cohort are now open, including a virtual classroom route for those outside the region.

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.

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.

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 Masters credits are a core to gaining the qualification.

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 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 2020-21 National Award for SEN Coordination is £1925 plus VAT (includes 1 year Regional SEND Forum membership from 1st August 2020).

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).

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.

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 asked to contact our administrative team to book into a recorded session.

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 2020-2021 is £1925+VAT (includes 1 year Regional SEND Forum membership from August 1st 2020). The cost is the same for all groups and for Group 152 it enables access to the physical resource pack, the opportunity to join a local group should you wish, and an additional study cluster facility.

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

Registrations for the 2020-21 cohort are now open and a list of all upcoming groups can be found below. Please click the Register button below to begin your registration.

Bedford

Venue: St Thomas More Catholic Teaching School

Day 1 – Wednesday 30th September 2020
Day 2 – Wednesday 4th November 2020
Day 3 – Thursday 3rd December 2020
Day 4 – Wednesday 27th January 2021
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
Day 2 – Friday 6th November 2020
Day 3 – Thursday 3rd December 2020
Day 4 – Wednesday 27th January 2021
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
Day 2 – Tuesday 3rd November 2020
Day 3 – Friday 4th December 2020
Day 4 – Tuesday 26th January 2021
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
Day 2 – Monday 9th November 2020
Day 3 – Thursday 10th December 2020
Day 4 – Monday 25th January 2021
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
Day 2 – Thursday 12th November 2020
Day 3 – Monday 7th December 2020
Day 4 – Thursday 21st January 2021
Day 5 – Thursday 4th March 2021
Day 6 – Thursday 6th May 2021
Day 7 – Monday 21st June 2021

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.

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 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 and access to resources, support and additional study cluster arrangements will ensure this is a positive and memorable experience.

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 Match 2021
Day 6 – Friday 14th May 2021
Day 7 – Friday 25th June 2021

Hertfordshire

Venue: Robertson House, HDC

Day 1 – Monday 28th September 2020
Day 2 – Thursday 22nd October 2020
Day 3 – Wednesday 2nd December 2020
Day 4 – Wednesday 20th January 2021
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
Day 2 – Wednesday 4th November 2020
Day 3 – Thursday 3rd December 2020
Day 4 – Friday 29th January 2021
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
Day 2 – Monday 9th November 2020
Day 3 – Wednesday 2nd December 2020
Day 4 – Tuesday 26th January 2021
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
Day 2 – Thursday 12th November 2020
Day 3 – Thursday 3rd December 2020
Day 4 – Thursday 28th January 2021
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
Day 2 – Friday 6th November 2020
Day 3 – Friday 4th December 2020
Day 4 – Friday 29th January 2021
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 – Friday 9th October 2020
Day 2 – Wednesday 11th November 2020
Day 3 – Friday 4th December 2020
Day 4 – Thursday 28th January 2021
Day 5 – Tuesday 9th March 2021
Day 6 – Wednesday 12th May 2021
Day 7 – Thursday 24th June 2021

2019-20 Dates

Please note that the dates below are for the in-progress 2019-20 cohort and are for reference only. The Day 7 dates are to be held online using our Virtual Classroom. Dates for the upcoming 2020-21 cohort can be found in the ‘How to Register’ section.

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
Tuesday 23rd June 2020 (virtual)
Day 7 – Tuesday 15th September 2020
(virtual)

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
Friday 19th June 2020 (virtual)
Day 7 – Thursday 10th September 2020
(virtual)

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
Monday 6th July 2020 (virtual)
Day 7 – Friday 11th September 2020
(virtual)

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
Tuesday 30th June 2020 (virtual)
Day 7 – Wednesday 16th September 2020 (virtual)

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
Thursday 25th June 2020 (virtual)
Day 7 – Friday 11th September 2020
(virtual)

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
Monday 22nd June 2020 (virtual)
Day 7 – Thursday 17th September 2020
(virtual)

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
Wednesday 17th June 2020
(virtual)

Day 7 – Tuesday 8th September 2020
(virtual)

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
Wednesday 24th June 2020
(virtual)

Day 7 – Friday 11th September 2020
(virtual)

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
Monday 29th June 2020 (virtual)
Day 7 – Tuesday 15th September 2020
(virtual)

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
Thursday 18th June 2020 (virtual)
Day 7 – Thursday 17th September 2020
(virtual)

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
Friday 19th June 2020 (virtual)
Day 7 – Friday 18th September 2020
(virtual)

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 4th May 2020
Thursday 25th June 2020 (virtual)
Day 7 – Friday 18th September 2020
(virtual)

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