This course has been developed for those who are currently working as special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) and is mandatory for all SENCOs appointed since 2008. This course will enable you to meet the learning outcomes as prescribed by the government.
You learn to lead, develop and evaluate inclusive cultures, systems and approaches to education. These new skills help you to make a difference in your school and to the wellbeing, participation and achievement of children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities.
You reflect on, analyse and respond to current issues of practice through professional learning in the workplace and you are supported by experienced local special educational needs and disability (SEND) professionals.
• a critical understanding of the values, principles and dilemmas of inclusive practices and policies
• a specialist knowledge base enabling you to obtain, evaluate and communicate current information regarding special educational needs and disabilities.
• an active community of practice with SENCOs and experienced SEN professionals supporting your leadership of change
• the skills and practices of reflective practice to develop effective partnership working with pupils, families and colleagues
• the skills and practices of professional enquiry to enable you to evaluate the impact of practice
You have access to current SEND practitioners who share up-to-date practice. Your university tutors specialise in SEND and have complementary experience across age phases and special and mainstream schools. Their expertise supports your understanding of inclusive principles and practice, using research and theory to support your reflections, enquiries and study skills.
You complete a number of assessments that are focused on the development of effective practice in your school. Assessments consist of two practice-based portfolios
Portfolio 1 – SENCO as manager