The University of Birmingham is a Department for Education and National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) approved provider for the National Award for SEN Co-ordination. It has been running accredited (Masters level) professional development programmes for special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) for over 15 years. Over a thousand SENCOs have successfully completed their training over this period!
The University runs partnership versions of the National Award for SEN Co-ordination course with the following Local Authority partners:
Birmingham; Dudley, Sandwell & Wolverhampton (combined cohort); Shropshire; Staffordshire.
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).
It is anticipated that the National Award will be running in 2015-2016.
This Masters level course (60 credits) will be updated to reflect changes to the NCTL learning outcomes framework. It will also be closely aligned to the changes taking place to special educational needs and disability policy, provision and practice in England. For example, following the introduction of the new Children and Families Act (2014), we implemented the new Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years.
Download a summary of the Special Educational Needs Coordination programme (PDF, 137KB)
Course fact file
Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught
Study Options: Part time
Duration: 1 year part-time
Start date: Contact the School directly (Different course cohorts have the have different start dates)