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The National Award for SEN Coordination


Serco is an approved and experienced training provider for the National Award for SEN Coordination (course code 110), a National College for Teaching & Leadership training programme designed to support the professional development of SENCOs


Course code: 110

Duration: 12 months

Level: Masters (60 credits)

Programme details

Serco is an approved and experienced training provider for the National Award for SEN Coordination (course code 110), a training programme designed to support the professional development of SENCOs.

The programme is delivered by experienced SENCOs and educational psychologists; is flexible, taking into account your prior learning as well as personal circumstances, and is designed to reduce the impact of time out of school.

All DfE funding has now been allocated, but the Award remains mandatory for all SENCOs appointed since 2009 and new to role SENCOs should achieve the award within 3 years of appointment.

Key elements of the programme:

  • Three masters level modules, each of which is worth 20 credits;
  • Tutor support - following an initial needs analysis, your tutor will assist you in preparing your own learning programme and supports you throughout the programme;
  • Three sessions with your tutor and learning group
  • Online support - discussion groups, networking and seminars;
  • Five visits - to other workplaces to gain first hand experience of provision in other settings;
  • Mentor support - from within your school or an experienced SENCO;
  • Peer support - from within your own cohort, arranged by the tutor;
  • Professional development portfolio - to record evidence of learning and experience.

The three modules are:

  • Module One: Orientation and Perspectives on SEN and Inclusive Practice (20 credits)
  • Module Two: Evidence Based Practice and Inclusion (20 credits)
  • Module Three: Whole School Development: Enabling Inclusion (20 credits)

Each of these is assessed at the end with a 3,000 word assignment.

The programme is delivered fully online and each module starts with a WebEx (online conferencing) session. 

The programme takes 12 months to complete.  There are 3 intakes a year, with new cohorts starting every February, May and October. Please apply early to avoid disappointment as this is a popular programme. 

Programme costs

The price for the programme is £1999 + VAT.

Our next programme starts in May 2021, the application deadline is Friday 16th April 2021.

Further information

Please download the following information to help you with your application;

Note: to gain the National Award for SEN Coordination, applicants must have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS or QTLS, including completion of the NQT year).  If you do not know your teachers reference number, please contact Teachers Pensions on 0345 6066166 (8.30am - 6pm Monday to Friday).  For QTS numbers speak to your payroll department.

If you are not a qualified teacher then you may still be eligible to join the programme and receive a Post Graduate Certificate which equates to 60 credits towards your Master's qualification upon successful completion.

Click here to apply for the SENCO Award

Nasen offer

We are an approved NASENCO Provider!  As one of the benefits of 'approved' status, our students are eligible for a discounted nasen membership, click here for more information.

What our participants say...

"I just wanted to write to tell you how useful I have found this course.  There are so many things we need to put into place in our school and from completing this course it has given me the confidence to put my ideas into practice.  The owner of my school is already treating me with more respect when we talk about SEN issues."(SENCO participant, 2017)

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