Taught course

National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination

Institution
University of Chichester · Institute for Education
Qualifications
PGCiPP

Entry requirements

If you are a SENCO or Inclusion Manager new to the role with QTS, or the equivalent EYTS or QTLS, or will become a SENCO within the year of the programme, you are eligible to apply. We also welcome experienced SENCOs who are interested in gaining the National Award as part of their professional development. To gain the National Award it is a requirement that you need to be currently working in an Early Years setting, mainstream or special school, PRU, Further Education or private school and can meet the Learning Outcomes through your work-based practice. Please download the application form from the webpage and return it with the Letter of Endorsement which is attached to the application form. If you are working as a SENCO in a setting but do not have QTS (or the equivalent EYTS or QTLS), you can undertake a similar programm - a PGCiPP: Workplace Learning Development (SEN Policy and Practice). Details of this programme and how to apply can be found at: http://www.chi.ac.uk/institute-education/masters-level/pgcippworkplace-learning-development Entry start The course commences in September and February each academic year. Once we have received your application form we will contact you with information about the programme outline and dates. Attendance is one Wednesday or Thursday a month at our Bognor Regis Campus, depending on which group you are placed in.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The University of Chichester is one of the key providers in the south of England offering the mandatory qualification for newly appointed SENCOs. We are registered as an approved provider by the National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN). Our innovative programme attracts SENCOs from counties across the south coast. We have developed a strong collaboration with local authorities to ensure that it supports both local and national requirements and we involve both national and international consultants to work with us in delivering a relevant and up-to-date programme.

The National Award is required to be at Masters level and you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice with 60 Masters level credits on completion of the programme. The course is structured over one academic year and SENCOs come to the Bognor Regis Campus for one day each month. These practical and interactive sessions are aimed at equipping SENCOs to evaluate and develop effective leadership and management of SEND provision. and improve the learning outcomes and achievements of pupils who have a special educational need and/or disability.

Topics include:

• The statutory and regulatory context for SEN and disability equality and the implications for practice in their school or work setting;

• the principles and practice of leadership in different contexts;

• how SEN and disabilities affect pupils’ participation and learning;

• strategies for improving outcomes for pupils with SEN and/or disabilities;

• working strategically with senior colleagues and governors to advise on and influence the strategic development of a person-centred and inclusive ethos, policies, priorities and practices;

• leading, developing and, where necessary, challenging senior leaders, colleagues and governors to understand and meet their statutory responsibilities towards children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities;

• critically evaluating evidence about learning, teaching and assessment in relation to pupils with SEN to inform practice;

• drawing on external sources of support and expertise to engage with the Local Offer to develop effective working partnerships with professionals in other services and agencies;

• developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating systems to identify pupils who may have SEN and/or disabilities, and informing all staff about the learning needs and emotional, social and mental health needs, and achievement of children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities;

• developing and demonstrating the personal and professional qualities and leadership they need to shape an ethos and culture, based upon person-centred, inclusive practice in which the interests and needs of children and young people pupils with SEN and/or disabilities are at the heart of all that takes place.

You will be required to undertake assignments that are strongly rooted in evidence-based SEND practice in the workplace. At the end of the programme SENCOs prepare a portfolio of evidence to show how they have met the Learning Outcomes for SENCOs (NCTL, 2014). Staff at the university offer support and guidance throughout the programme. As students of the University, SENCOs also have access to the library and online resources during the study days and off campus.

Delivery of course

One day each month

Taught

Seminars and Conference

Work-based projects

Assessment

  • A brief Commentary (1000 words) on your role as SENCO
  • An Essay (3000 words) on your leadership and management of SEND provision
  • A Presentation (10 minutes/2000 word equivalent) outlining your proposed research project
  • A Research Project (4000 words) on an aspect of SEND provision and inclusive practice in your setting
  • A Portfolio (2000 word equivalent) with evidence of how you have met the Learning Outcomes

Assignment weighting:

Assignment 1 - 8%

Assignment 2 - 25%

Assignment 3 - 16%

Assignment 4 - 33%

Assignment 5 - 16%

Continuing your studies

Successful completion of the PGCiPP: National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination will give you 60 credits at Masters level. You will have the option to continue with an MA in Inclusive Special Education. Click here for more details.

Qualification and course duration

PGCiPP

part time
10 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Dissertation60 (12,000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Diana Seach
Email
d.seach@chi.ac.uk
Phone
01243 812045