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 draft for consultation).


  • 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 in your local area where there are groups of ten SENCOs or over. Otherwise, training will take place at The Nucleus, Chesterford Research Park, CB10 1XL.

Programme Costs

Accredited route: £985+VAT
(Accreditation by the School of Education, University of Hertfordshire)

Non-accredited CPD route: £625+VAT

Our Learner 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.

How to register

Applications are now closed for the 2019 intake of the SENCOs as Leaders Award. Please click the button below to complete the registration of interest form and a member of the Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) team will be in contact with further information as soon as details of the next intake are available.



Venue: The Nucleus, Chesterford Research Park

Day 1 – Friday 7th June 2019
Day 2 – Tuesday 18th June 2019
Day 3 – Friday 12th July 2019
Day 4 – Tuesday 10th September 2019
Day 5 – Tuesday 8th October 2019

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