Day 1 Thursday 19th May – 9.30-3.00
Day 2 Wednesday 13th July- 9.30-3.00
Day 3 Thursday 13th October 9.30-3.00


The National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO) is a statutory requirement for all newly appointed SENCOs and is an excellent opportunity for professional development for experienced SENCOs.

We offer a leading edge Master’s level programme, delivered by skilled tutors that is designed to transform professional practice.

Ours is a work-based, flexible and practical programme that will equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to enhance achievement and maximise impact upon learners with SEN and/or disabilities.

Who is it 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.

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
  •     leadership learning groups
  •     personal tutor and peer support
  •     residential sessions
  •     coaching
  •     group and national forum

Our four-day face to face workshop programmes typically cover one academic year. SENCOs on these programmes receive individual tutor support between days and from day 4 onwards to successful completion.

Our two-day residential option has proved to be a popular and highly regarded alternative option. SENCOs from all over the country have attended these programmes, with dinner, accommodation and breakfast included, along with a contribution towards travel costs. SENCOs receive individual tutor support following the residential to complement peer-to-peer support and ensure successful completion


The programme delivers the learning outcomes specified by the TA 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.
  •     E-portfolio – 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.

What does it cost?

There are 3 funding streams available:

DfE Funding – If you are the designated SENCO, new to role, working in a maintained school, academy or PRU, you may be successful in gaining full DfE funding (but apply quickly as the number of funded places are limited – see below). DfE funded candidates do not have to pay any course fees and their school receives up to £1500 to cover release costs.

Self-Funding – If you are not the designated SENCO but still involved in SEN work at your school, or if you are the designated SENCO but your school is not a maintained school, academy or PRU, you may wish to do the self-funded route. The cost of this is £1500 and you can choose between a 4-Day course or a 2-Day residential course, both with personal tutor support and access to our virtual learning environment.

Distance Learning – The final option is for experienced SENCOs who would like to do the Distance Learning route. The cost of this is £995.