Please note that bookings are now closed for the course starting in June 2022. Please click here to register your interest for the next group, or read on for further information.

SENCOs as Leaders Award

If you are a SENCO on your way from the National Award for SEN Coordination to an MA in Educational Leadership or SEND and Inclusion, the SENCOs as Leaders Award is an exciting part of the Masters journey. If you are a SENCO who wants to further develop skills in leadership of SEND within your school or setting, this course provides a powerful professional development opportunity available in a non-accredited format.

‘Ofsted has identified the need for leaders to have a clear and ambitious vision for providing high quality inclusive education to all pupils.’ (Ofsted school inspection framework: 2019).


  • Personal effectiveness in leading learning for pupils with special educational needs and / or disabilities.
  • Creating and developing effective teams.
  • Leading learning and teaching and additional provision.
  • Aspiration and accountability.
  • Building skills and confidence to lead and develop outstanding practice for pupils with special educational needs and / or disabilities.
  • Your learning will impact on your personal and professional qualities as a SENCO.

Programme Delivery

The programme comprises five full-day sessions running across the Summer and Autumn term. Additional supervision time will be given to those who are pursuing the accredited route which includes a 4500 word assignment to identify a school-based leadership project.

Assessment and Accreditation

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

  • Attendance.
  • Completion of a leadership of SEND project.
  • 4,500 word assignment summarising the project.

Non-accredited CPD Route:

  • Attendance.
  • Completion of a leadership of SEND project summarised in power-point slides.

Entry Requirements

SENCOs must have successfully completed the National Award for SEN Coordination, or have been in post prior to 2009.

Benefits to You

  • Through your participation of this programme you will see an improvement in:
    • Leadership confidence and management skills
    • Knowledge and skills to lead the change process
    • Communication between staff, pupils, parents and other professionals
    • Provision, policy and practice
  • Your professional development will impact upon your leadership skills in your school/educational setting and/or across schools.
  • There will also be the opportunity to share the outcome of your project with others across the region by publishing a summary on the Regional SEND Forum.

Benefit to your Organisation

  • Increasing leadership skills, knowledge and confidence
  • Development of ambitious policy and practice for pupils with SEND in your school/setting
  • Development of skills in managing the change process and the ability to communicate effectively with senior leaders, governance colleagues, pupils, parents and other professionals.


The SENCOs as Leaders Award will run via Group 152, our virtual classroom.

Programme Costs

Accredited route: £1025+VAT
(Accreditation by the School of Education, University of Hertfordshire)

Non-accredited CPD route: £675+VAT

How to register

Please note that bookings are now closed for the course starting in June 2022. Please click the button below to register your interest for the next group.

Upcoming Dates

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 – Wednesday 8th June 2022

Day 2 – Monday 20th June 2022

Day 3 – Thursday 14th July 2022

Day 4 – Friday 23rd September 2022

Day 5 – Friday 14th October 2022

NB these dates have been amended from those originally notified

We work in partnership with the following organisations to deliver the SENCOs as Leaders Award: