First Oxfordshire National SENCO qualifications are awarded at Brookes

Friday, 16 December 2011


Sixteen Oxford Special Educational needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs)  have become the first recipients of the National Award in SENCO Co-ordination in Oxfordshire. The course is designed to support the professional development of SENCOs in schools and has been delivered by a partnership between Oxfordshire County Council's Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD) and Inclusion Team and the School of Education at Oxford Brookes University. A ceremony was recently held at Oxford Brookes where the successful students were presented with their awards by Derek Elsom, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of  Humanities and Social Sciences and Helena Mitchell, Head of the School of Education. The partnership between Oxford Brookes and Oxfordshire County Council enables students to engage in Masters level research whilst developing skills as SENCOs in school. There are a further 65 SENCOs across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire currently completing the National Award in SEN Co-ordination at Brookes with a further 65 starting in September 2011. Voirrey Carr, Service Manager for the LDD team, at Oxfordshire County Council said that “ The creation of a highly qualified team of new SENCOs is the best possible way to raise standards of achievement for our most vulnerable Children and Young People in Oxfordshire” One of the recent recipients of the award explained ‘I now have more confidence when speaking to staff and parents. I am changing aspects of the provision we have in school as a direct result of the course which will improve outcomes for children with SEN/disabilities’