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The National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) is a legal requirement for SENCOs, new to post since 2009 in maintained mainstream schools, nurseries, academies, free schools and pupil referral units (PRUs). All schools have a legal duty to appoint a fully qualified teacher as their SENCO.

In the latest educational reform the special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years (2015), the government’s vision is that  ‘the provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people, that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college, and lead happy and fulfilled lives.’

This code supports the Equality Act (2010) and the SALT Report (2010) which indicated that equality and educational outcomes are reliant upon a teaching workforce that is prepared for the diversity of mainstream and special school classrooms.

With the Special education and Disability Regulations, there is now an increasing need for teacher training and continual professional development that prepares teachers for the variety of needs that children and young people present. With the increasing demand for Special Education coordinators in Early Years settings, schools and other alternative education providers like Pupil Referral Units and further education colleges, this postgraduate qualification will meet that agenda.

There is a requirement for SENCOs in mainstream schools to hold qualified teacher status (QTS). The SENCo aspect of the programme, therefore, will apply only to those who hold the status. Those who wish to complete the programme without the status will in effect, only achieve the SEN and Inclusion aspect of the award (hence the bracketing of the award). 

Northumbria University is the largest North East provider of CPD in Education

The National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) is a legal requirement for SENCOs, new to post since 2009 in maintained mainstream schools, nurseries, academies, free schools and pupil referral units (PRUs). All schools have a legal duty to appoint a fully qualified teacher as their SENCO.

In the latest educational reform the special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years (2015), the government’s vision is that  ‘the provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people, that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college, and lead happy and fulfilled lives.’

This code supports the Equality Act (2010) and the SALT Report (2010) which indicated that equality and educational outcomes are reliant upon a teaching workforce that is prepared for the diversity of mainstream and special school classrooms.

With the Special education and Disability Regulations, there is now an increasing need for teacher training and continual professional development that prepares teachers for the variety of needs that children and young people present. With the increasing demand for Special Education coordinators in Early Years settings, schools and other alternative education providers like Pupil Referral Units and further education colleges, this postgraduate qualification will meet that agenda.

There is a requirement for SENCOs in mainstream schools to hold qualified teacher status (QTS). The SENCo aspect of the programme, therefore, will apply only to those who hold the status. Those who wish to complete the programme without the status will in effect, only achieve the SEN and Inclusion aspect of the award (hence the bracketing of the award). 

Northumbria University is the largest North East provider of CPD in Education

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year Part Time

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

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The programme is offered on a part-time basis to accommodate professionally qualified individuals, particularly teachers based within the UK, who wish to undertake study on a part-time basis.

You will complete two compulsory 30-credit modules. No Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) or Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is allowed on this programme.

This course offers you the flexibility of attaining the qualification without commitment to a full Masters (although the modules can also be taken as part of a Masters qualification).

You will be presented with the opportunity to draw upon your workplace practice and to consider challenges and successes of inclusion with peers, exploring and critically evaluating your own and your organisation’s practice.

The key aim of the programme is to initiate rigorous critical enquiry and discourse to extend the criteria for judging taken-for-granted assumptions underlying SEND/Inclusion policy and practice. You will develop an increasing respect for evidence and the capacity to lead change in your own practice within your professional context.

The assessment will engage you with challenges facing learners in your organisation, how these can be identified and addressed and the opportunity to apply these solutions in a targeted way in your practice.

You will draw upon education theory, research, policy, professional standards to develop such skills as collaboration and leadership as well as a deeper understanding of how change can impact on people. These attributes are critical in the role of the SENCo, and those tasked with the job of empowering others to embrace the responsibility to work inclusively.

University attendance will be on a weekly basis and will comprise a mixture of teacher-led discussions, group and individual presentations and workshops. In addition to tutorial support, your learning group will, in itself, form an important learning network.

Please note, these modules can be taken as part of the MA Education BUT if they are taken via this route then students will not be able to gain the PG Cert SENCo award.

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The teaching staff on the programme are extremely passionate and experiences in the subject of SEND and Inclusion.

The team are qualified teachers and education practitioners, with diverse experience. They have taken it upon themselves to continue developing their knowledge and understanding of SEND and how it impacts on outcomes for learners. They will support you throughout the course with their knowledge and expertise.

You will be taught by Dr Lucy Currie, find out more about her personal experience and accolades here.

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At our base on Coach Lane Campus you will benefit from modern teaching facilities, and from being immersed in an environment dedicated to the study of education.

You will also enjoy the benefits of technology-enhanced learning, as each module has its own e-learning area. Here your tutors will share learning materials with you in a flexible way, giving you the choice to revisit learning materials in your own time. In this learning space you can have online discussions with your fellow students to develop ideas and critique practice.

You will also be equipped with the ability to challenge your personal and professional development, applying planning tools and career advice through the UseMYAbility website.

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The Department of Social Work, Education and Community Well-being has a range of research experience and interests. Academic staff have extensive experience of leading, conducting and managing autism research in all areas of education, from early years and schools to post-compulsory and higher education.

Research-rich learning is embedded into the whole programme, with the aim of equipping you with critical and independent enquiry skills that will last a lifetime.

You will develop/enhance your skills of intellectual autonomy, collaborative working, critical and independent enquiry, discipline specific knowledge, creativity and leading change. The two modules on the programme are designed around these key principles. Intellectual autonomy is developed by facilitating an examination of your practice in relation to key education concepts.

You will work as an autonomous learner as well as participate in a professional community of learning and practice. You will be encouraged to read around key concepts and ideas which are the focus of the modules.

Further understanding will be through action/practitioner research activities, critical discussion with university peers, work colleagues and tutors. The principles of critical enquiry run through the programme, so you will be encouraged to critically examine, compare and contrast different world-views and their impact on issues pertinent to your sector.

Through this engagement, you will demonstrate your ability to take responsibility for your own learning and development, deal with complexity, act with initiative, communicate and defend your work effectively to a wide range of audiences.

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Designed to cater for Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinators and those working in similar positions in FE and Early Years, this programme will enhance your career development.

You will graduate with knowledge of the very latest in education research, with particular reference to special needs and inclusion, policy and practice. You will also be able to reflect upon and challenge your own practice, which is a valuable skill to demonstrate to your current and future employers.

You will develop skills in theory and research informed approaches to teaching, which in turn will build your confidence to support others to embrace different ways of working with learners with diverse needs. You will be confident in your knowledge and abilities, empowered to make change in your own organisation and ready to go to the next level in your career.

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Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject.

Applicants must be in the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinator or Assistant Special Educational Needs Coordinator, and should either hold Qualified Teacher Status, or Qualified Teacher Learning Skills Status (or Early Years Teacher Status for those working in early years settings).

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject.

Applicants must be in the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinator or Assistant Special Educational Needs Coordinator, and should either hold Qualified Teacher Status, or Qualified Teacher Learning Skills Status (or Early Years Teacher Status for those working in early years settings).

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: £2,390

Full EU Fee: £2,390

Full International Fee: £5,167

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and discounts

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Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

Full UK Fee: TBC

Full EU Fee: TBC

Full International Fee: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

TE7074 -

SEND and Inclusion: Leading Practice in the School Environment (Core,30 Credits)

This module will give you the opportunity to explore issues, understandings and knowledge of Inclusive practice in the school setting to include that of children with special educational needs. You will engage in critical discourse with regard to pertinent issues of the Inclusion /SEN agenda.

You will examine the following topics:
• Key principles of inclusion: a whole school approach
• Leading and managing change.
• Legislation, policy and guidance on supporting learners and their families, parents and carers.
• Pedagogy/Education theory and approaches to delivery for diverse abilities and needs.
• SEND and models of disability
• Appraisal of recent research and implications for Classroom/School Practice
• Action research and professional scholarship
• Developing an emerging philosophy in an ever-changing world of education.

More information

TE7084 -

Multi-disciplinary Collaboration and Professional Development (Core,30 Credits)

On this module you will explore the following topics:
• The responsibilities of the SEN(D)Co within the statutory and regulatory context for SEND and disability equality
• The role of the SEN(D)Co in liaising with other professionals and schools / organisations.
• Co-ordinating a team and including all stakeholders to provide person- centred support for learners with special educational needs and disabilities.
• Team dynamics and continuous professional development
• Managing transitions
• An overview of the key characteristics of common impairments that children who are identified as having Special/additional learning needs might present with

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

TE7074 -

SEND and Inclusion: Leading Practice in the School Environment (Core,30 Credits)

This module will give you the opportunity to explore issues, understandings and knowledge of Inclusive practice in the school setting to include that of children with special educational needs. You will engage in critical discourse with regard to pertinent issues of the Inclusion /SEN agenda.

You will examine the following topics:
• Key principles of inclusion: a whole school approach
• Leading and managing change.
• Legislation, policy and guidance on supporting learners and their families, parents and carers.
• Pedagogy/Education theory and approaches to delivery for diverse abilities and needs.
• SEND and models of disability
• Appraisal of recent research and implications for Classroom/School Practice
• Action research and professional scholarship
• Developing an emerging philosophy in an ever-changing world of education.

More information

TE7084 -

Multi-disciplinary Collaboration and Professional Development (Core,30 Credits)

On this module you will explore the following topics:
• The responsibilities of the SEN(D)Co within the statutory and regulatory context for SEND and disability equality
• The role of the SEN(D)Co in liaising with other professionals and schools / organisations.
• Co-ordinating a team and including all stakeholders to provide person- centred support for learners with special educational needs and disabilities.
• Team dynamics and continuous professional development
• Managing transitions
• An overview of the key characteristics of common impairments that children who are identified as having Special/additional learning needs might present with

More information

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Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

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