• National Award for SEN Coordinators

Why study at Roehampton

  • The course is accessible with 10 taught days that can be fit around an existing job and personal commitments.
  • We provide ongoing support with extensive electronic resources on and off-site, a university tutor and school based mentor assigned to each student.
  • This award is accredited at Masters level with 60 credits that can be taken as APL into a relevant Masters.

The course content will be informed by current SEN and disability legislation and underpinned by current theory and research led practice pertaining to Special and Inclusive Education. It will consist of 10 taught days and provide professional development for new to post SENCOs to enhance the quality of teaching for children and young people with SEN and/or a disability and to improve provision and outcomes for them.

More details

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) play a vital role in leading the co-ordination of provision for children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities in schools. In September 2009 it became law for every new SENCO in a mainstream school to gain the Masters-level National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination within 3 years of taking up the post.

Following new legislation around Special Educational Needs included within the Children and Families Bill 2014, the outcomes for the National SENCO Award have changed for the cohort 2014/15. This is to ensure the Award continues to reflect the role of the SENCO, within the changing national and local context of Special Educational Needs.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership has provided provisional learning outcomes for the NASENCO Award next year, focused on three areas:

A. Professional Knowledge and Understanding.
B. Leading and Coordinating Provision
C. Personal and Professional Qualities

Academic Support

Each participant on the programme will be allocated a tutor within the University who will have experience in tutoring and supporting participants from a range of university programmes, including those who are studying whilst working full time. Additionally, the SENCO host school will provide a school-based mentor to oversee and support the school based element of the training, and to mark the portfolio. The school-based mentor will also play a key role in supporting and advising the new to post SENCO.


The assessment is in two parts, each of which must be passed and each of which is equivalent to 5000 words.

Part 1: A Portfolio of Evidence
The portfolio must comprise evidence to demonstrate meeting the SENCO training standards. The evidence should be drawn from practice-based experience and from learning through the programme. Reflective commentary on evidence provided must be included. A reflective reading log must be included as an Appendix. The Mentor Handbook must be included as an Appendix.

Part 2: A Report of a Reflective Practitioner Enquiry (5000 word report)
The report must be based on a practitioner led enquiry carried out in the school, which explores an area/issue of inclusive practice or provision in order to support improvement for pupils with SEN and/or a disability.

How to apply

Applicants must be currently teaching in a UK school. To apply for this course please click here. 


Example modules

  • High Aspirations for SEN/D: a focus on policy
  • High Aspirations for SEN/D: a focus on classroom provision
  • High Aspirations for SEN/D: a focus on whole-school and community provision

Career options

The Award should enable SENCOs to develop and demonstrate 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.



Number of credits

PGCert: 60

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1 year (part time)

Programme start


Tuition fees

£323 per ten credits (2016; part-time UK/EU)

£725 per ten credits (2016; part-time International)

For further fee information see our UK/EU or International finance pages

Related courses

Special Educational Needs »

Further information

Dr Sarah O’Flynn
sarah.oflynn@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3628

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