The NA-SENCO is a mandatory qualification for all Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) in mainstream schools, who must successfully complete the award within three years of appointment to the role of SENCO.
Completing the NA-SENCO at Bishop Grosseteste will develop your professional skills and understanding so that you are able to carry out the role of the school SENCO confidently and successfully in educational settings.
What You Will Study
The NA-SENCO comprises two modules:
Module 1: Professional Knowledge and Understanding of SEND
In this module you will develop a professional knowledge and understanding of SEND within the national and local context, making clear links to the SEND Code of Practice (2015). You will consider how the leadership of SEND can affect pupils’ participation and learning and explore strategies that can improve outcomes for these pupils.
Module 2: Leading and Co-ordinating Provision for Pupils with SEND
This module will focus on the leadership of provision for pupils with SEND. This will enable you to explore effective leadership in the area of SEND, equip you with strategies for evaluating the progress of pupils and develop your knowledge of systems to ensure that pupils make progress. The module will also consider how to effectively work alongside other stakeholders such as parents, school staff, governors and outside support agencies.
How you are Taught
There are five taught face-to-face days at BGU’s campus in Lincoln through the academic year.
In addition to these taught days, there are five flexible workplace-based learning days which involve school-based activities.
You will also have access to a dedicated virtual learning environment and support from tutors at the university throughout your time on the course.
The assessment for the NA-SENCO at Bishop Grosseteste has been carefully designed to allow you to meet the Learning Outcomes set by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and also meet the academic standards required for study at masters level. Assessments include:
- Written assignments (1 x 4000 words in module 1; 1 x 1500 words in module 2).
- An assessed professional conversation about your role as a SENCO in module 1.
- A presentation about a small-scale practitioner enquiry that is undertaken in module 2.
Successful completion of each module is worth 30 masters-level credits.
To undertake the NA-SENCO you must have:
- Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills Status (QTLS).
- Support from the head teacher of an appropriate educational setting.
Bishop Grosseteste currently uses a ‘tiered’ fees system for all modules leading to master’s level credits. This is summarised in the table below.
|Fee per module||Total Fee for NA-SENCO|
|20 % Discounted Fee* (available to applicants with a first degree at 1st or 2:1 classification)||
|30 % Alumni Fee* (available to applicants who have successfully gained previous academic qualification at BGU, such as a first degree or PGCE)||
*Only one discount available per person.
How to Apply
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