We host courses and programmes from Best Practice Network in Birmingham,

If you are interested in applying to be on this programme please fill out the online registration.

or contact Best Practice Network via their phone number 0117 920 9200 or email

or their website


Dates of the Programme:

Thursday 21st September;

Thursday 19th October;

Wednesday 15th November;

Thursday 15th February.


Who is this for?

The Department for Education (DfE) regulations require school governing bodies to ensure that SENCOs who are new to the role undertake the National Award for SEN Coordination.

Only individuals who hold Qualified Teacher Status are eligible to access the programme.

What are the Benefits.

This programme will improve your awareness and understanding of professional practice, signpost relevant research, help you develop supportive learning networks and enable you to gain a Post Graduate Certificate in Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion. SENCOs have said that the programme has:

led to schools achieving better Ofsted grades
helped teachers and TAs to support progress of children with SEN
improved confidence in their role
refined assessment and processes across the school
improved the support for pupils in all areas of SEN

How is it delivered?

Our programme is delivered nationally in partnership with Bath Spa University (BSU) and incorporates the Postgraduate Certificate in Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion worth 60 credits towards a Master’s (MA) degree.

We offer a flexible combination of blended learning and support opportunities that include:

face to face sessions
online learning
personal tutor and peer support
residential sessions
Our three-day face to face workshop programmes typically cover one academic year. SENCOs on these programmes receive individual tutor support between days and from day 3 onwards to successful completion.


The programme delivers the learning outcomes specified by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and 60 Master’s level credits, through three elements:

Action Research Project – which can be used to demonstrate a significant number of the learning outcomes.
Reflective account(s) – focused on specific learning outcomes.
Eportfolio – evidence drawn from school based activities, for example, policies, procedures and systems that SENCOs have put in place, used, developed or reviewed.
Submission dates are flexible to enable SENCOs to choose their own submission points within two years of the programme start date.