What will I learn?

Course Overview

The University of Winchester has been providing this successful training programme since 2009 when the award was introduced nationally. The course is designed to support the continuing professional development of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCos). We work with you to build on your existing skills to ensure that you are able to fulfil the requirements of the National Outcomes Framework and that you grow in confidence in your role in leading on inclusion.

You will learn about the importance of your role as a leader. You will gain an understanding of the professional context of your role and be supported in the strategic development of SEN Policy and Procedures. You will develop your skills as a co-ordinator of effective support for children and young people with special educational needs. You will learn how to provide support and training for your setting and develop your skills of working in partnership with pupils, families and other professionals. You will be expected to critically reflect on a range of additional educational needs and the issues surrounding improving educational outcomes for all pupils.

Learning and teaching

You will be a post-graduate student with full access to the University’s resources. Study will encompass: Mentoring, University and Local Authority (LA) based learning networks with face-to-face days provided in different venues, three written assignments that will be matched against the SENCo standards online training and support.

Which department am I in?

Department of Education Studies and Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
To be confirmed
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Winchester

Sparkford Road,

Winchester,

Hampshire,

SO22 4NR, England

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
To be confirmed
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

King Alfred Campus

The University of Winchester,

Winchester,

Hampshire,

SO22 4NR, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need a Bachelors degree when awarded by a regionally accredited institution with a general GPA of 2.8 or above, depending on the course. Applicants without a first degree but with five to seven years relevant work experience may also be considered on an individual basis for some Masters programmes.

For international students

It is statutory that all new SENCos to post, working in maintained, mainstream schools (including Academies) must attend and complete the National Award for SEN Co-ordination within three years of taking up their post. You are required to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to apply. If you are in Further Education and have Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) or you are in Early Years and hold Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) you are also able to apply. You are also required to complete your induction period according to SEND Regulations 2014, paragraph 24. TOEFL iBT with a score of 60 overall including at least 18 in the writing element.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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