Within these Local Authority areas SENCOs wishing to apply for a place on the course work in a range of maintained mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools, academy and free schools, and pupil referral units (PRUs). SENCOs working in other neighbouring Local Authority areas may also be able to join one of the partnership courses (in 2013-2014 for example, SENCOs from Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Solihull, Telford and Wrekin and Warwickshire are participating in versions of the course).
The National Award is a mandatory qualification which all SENCos who are new in role must undertake. The law states that SENCos in all mainstream, state-funded English schools must either be “experienced”, hold the award, or be working towards the award. All prospective applicants must refer to the detailed eligibility criteria for the Award which is available on the website.
This Special Educational Needs Coordination (National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination) offered by University of Birmingham is designed to support a SENCo’s professional development, giving them an opportunity to reflect upon and improve their practice whilst learning more about the coordination of special educational needs, leadership and management, policy and supporting the individual needs of children and young people.
This course will enable SENCos to meet essential requirements for undertaking the role in English schools.
More informationVisit official programme website
About The Course:
The course content is related to local and national contexts and the teaching and learning opportunities are delivered by local and nationally based experts such as experienced teachers, Educational Psychologists, school leaders, Inspectors, therapists and service leads.
The assessments have been designed to meet the requirements of the course and enhance school self evaluation procedures.
Specific assignments - course participants all need to complete three 4000 word written assignments at Masters Level:
- An evaluation: focusing on specific course content and aspects of the SENCo’s role and school based SEN procedures.
- A case study: focusing on in-depth work with a young person and their family.
- A professional development project presented as a brief ‘research report’ focusing on an aspect of professional development carried out by the SENCo in her/his school or setting.
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
We are currently recruiting for this programme for the following cohorts:
- We are recruiting for Birmingham and Black Country based programmes starting September 2020.
- We are recruiting for Staffordshire based programmes starting January 2021.
DisciplinesSpecial Education View 82 other Masters in Special Education in United Kingdom
- Applicants should be SENCos or aspirant SENCos. All applicants must have 'qualified teacher status' (QTS, QTLS or EYTS) or be teachers with QTS/QTLS/EYTS working in pupil referral units.
International6150 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 6150 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA2575 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 2575 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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