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Education - National Award for SEN Coordination
The PGCert Education: National Award for Special Educational Needs (SEN) Co-ordination is a mandatory qualification for all newly appointed SENCos. It must be completed within three years of your SENCo appointment.
The government is committed to improving outcomes for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEN/D).
SENCos play a central role in schools to ensure that:
- effective provision is made for children with special educational needs and disability (SEN/D)
- and that the needs of individual learners are met.
Our course is delivered jointly with the Oxfordshire Inclusion Support Team (OXIST) and the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust (BLT). They provide in-school support and Portfolio guidance.
Our course tutors have professional experience in a range of SEN/D settings, including:
- leading Pupil Referral Units
- managing specialist SEN/D facilities
- working as school based SENCOs.
We also work in close partnership with hundreds of schools and colleges and other organisations.
How to apply
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Learning and assessment
This is a three module course (60 credits) leading to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs.
The School of Education is a thriving centre for educational research and teacher professional development. Students on master's level programmes therefore join a large research community comprising researchers at all levels of higher education study.
We hold two major research conferences each year - the School of Education Research Conference and the EdD Colloquium. All students are invited to attend our annual Research
Seminar Series (which attracts both internal and external speakers). We also organise a number of conferences, lectures, seminars and debates, some of which have an international reach.
The School’s six research groups exist to encourage engagement in research, publication, conference presentations, seminars and workshops:
- Inclusion and Wellbeing
- Policy, Partnership and Leadership
- STEAM pedagogy and learning
- Humanistic Perspectives on Education
- Early Years
- Applied Linguistics
After you graduate
Many of our SENCOs who complete the course go on to further career progression, for example as:
- director of inclusion across a federation of schools
- inclusion consultant with OXIST
- deputy and assistant head roles with responsibility for inclusion.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.