Study a course developed for those who are currently working as special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs). You learn to develop inclusive cultures, and evaluate approaches to education. These new skills help you to make a difference in your school and to the wellbeing and achievement of young people who have special educational needs. This course is quality assured by National Association of Special Educational Needs (NASEN) and is a member of the NASEN providers group nationally.
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 about skills and approaches to leadership; and to 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 as well as a mentor in your own school.
• 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 and experts in the field 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
This consists of
• an evaluation of school policy relating to special educational needs and disability in relation to current national policy and guidance. This involves engaging with parent's in order to inform policy.
• an evaluation of the school’s additional provision for children and young people with special educational needs. This includes an analysis of school data and lesson study to inform effective provision mapping
Portfolio 2 – SENCO as leader
This consists of
• developing the role of SENCO as leader through evaluating and developing effective partnerships with other stakeholders
• engaging with pupil voice in order to inform professional learning developments and to support colleagues in making effective provision for children with particular SEN or disability
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.
2017 entry requirements
You must be a qualified teacher who is
• designated as the SENCO
• an inclusion manager
• in a position to undertake the duties of a SENCO
The course is designed for new SENCOs but we also welcome applications from experienced SENCOs. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
International and European entry qualifications
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
12 months part-time
You attend up to ten teaching/tutorial/study days which are spread over the course duration.
Typical modules may include
SENCO as manager: evaluation and developing policy and provision
SENCO as leader: people, principles and partnerships
Modules cover • inclusive principles and values • social and medical modules of disability • the role of the SENCO in analysing organisational needs and managing change • the national policy context for SEN and disability including the SEN Code of Practice • equality and data protection requirements • formulating and reviewing policy • accessing and interpreting school data - tracking progression and participation • provision mapping • designing, evaluating and reporting on systems and provision • lesson study and action research methods • rights and duties under equality legislation • person centred planning and partnership working • the local context for the implementation of Child Assessment Framework (CAF), school support and Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs) • leadership • role of the SENCO in leading professional learning • holistic assessment • researching and evaluatiing current knowledge and debates regarding high incidence special educational needs and disabilities • theories of learning and development • identifying needs and barriers to learning and participation • systematic evaluation in professional contexts
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This course enhances your skills as a special educational needs co-ordinator so you can continue to improve the school experience for children with SENs or disability and to support the developing practice of other professionals working in your school or setting. It also develops your leadership skills, enabling you to explore whole issues and development. It is also suitable if you want to work in an advisory or support role in the area of SEND.
Academic credits gained by successfully completing this course can be used towards a master's degree.
Home / EU student
Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2017/18 academic year
Typically £2,135 for the course
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas.
2017/18 academic year
Typically £4,420 for the course
Additional course costs
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How to apply
Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form
The closing date for applications is 31 August 2017. When applying supply your highest qualification (for example, PGCE certificate), teacher reference number and two references, including one from your head teacher or a member of the leadership team.
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.