National Award for SEN Coordination(NASENCO)

Provider: Best Practice Network
Accreditation opportunities: Post Grad Cert in Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion

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Description The National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO) is a statutory requirement for all newly appointed SENCOs and is an excellent opportunity for professional development for experienced SENCOs.
Duration 3 Days (spread over nine months)

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Categories Primary, Secondary, Teaching and Learning, Early Years/Foundation, 14-19, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, CPD Leader, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Learning Support, Pupil Support, Other support staff, Advanced Skills Teacher, Excellent Teacher, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Parents and Community, Wider Context, Care Work, Midday Supervision / Play, Parent Support, Education system, Multi-agency Working, Assessment, Bilingual Support / EAL, Behaviour for Learning, Diversity, Gifted and Talented, Inclusion, Personalised Learning, SEND, Subject Knowledge, Classroom Management, Out of school
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

We offer a leading edge Master’s level programme, delivered by skilled tutors that is designed to transform professional practice.

This programme will improve your awareness and understanding of professional practice, signpost relevant research, help you develop supportive learning networks and enable you to gain a Post Graduate Certificate in Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion. SENCOs have said that the programme has:

  • led to schools achieving better Ofsted grades
  • helped teachers and TAs to support progress of children with SEN
  • improved confidence in their role
  • refined assessment and processes across the school
  • improved the support for pupils in all areas of SEN

The knowledge and experience I gained doing the NASENCO course had a direct impact on our school achieving an OFSTED grade of outstanding.

SENCO, Bristol

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We offer a leading edge Master’s level programme, delivered by skilled tutors that is designed to transform professional practice.

Ours is a work-based, flexible and practical programme that will equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to enhance achievement and maximise impact upon learners with SEN and/or disabilities.

Who is this for:

The Department for Education (DfE) regulations require school governing bodies to ensure that SENCOs who are new to the role undertake the National Award for SEN Coordination.

How is it assessed:

The programme delivers the learning outcomes specified by the TDA and 60 Master's level credits, through three elements:

  • Action Research Project of 5,000 to 6,000 words (30 credits). The project can be used to demonstrate a significant number of the learning outcomes.
  • Reflective account(s) focused on specific learning outcomes. Each account will be 2,500 to 3,000 words (2 x 15 credits).
  • E-portfolio evidence drawn from school based activities, for example, policies, procedures and systems that SENCOs have put in place or reviewed.

Submission dates are flexible to enable SENCOs to choose their own submission points within two years of the programme start date.

How is it delivered:

Our programme is delivered nationally in partnership with Bath Spa University (BSU). It incorporates the Postgraduate Certificate in Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion worth 60 credits towards a Master’s (MA) degree.

We offer a flexible combination of learning and support opportunities that include:

  • face to face sessions
  • online learning
  • leadership learning groups
  • tutor and peer support
  • residential sessions
What does it cost:

All SENCOs in Primary and Secondary schools new to the role from September 2008 are currently fully funded through a TDA grant.*

There are 3 funding streams available:

  • TDA Funding* - If you are the designated SENCO, new to role, working in a maintained school or academy you will be entitled to TDA funding. This means the course is free for you to do.
  • Self-Funding - If you are not the designated SENCO but still involved in SEN work at your school, or if you are the designated SENCO but your school is not a maintained school or academy, you may wish to do the self-funded route. The cost of this is £1500.
  • Assessment Only - The final option is for experienced SENCOs who would like to do the Assessment only route. The cost of this is £995.


* Currently awaiting news of funding for 2012/13


This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.