National Award for SEN Coordination

The Gateway Alliance are delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Northampton, to offer a locally delivered National Award for SEN Coordinators programme.


Completion of the SENCo Award has been mandatory for the teacher designated as the SENCo since 2009. New SENCos must gain this qualification within three years of taking up their SENCo post. 

It may also be relevant for those aspiring to be SENCos or those who were already in the post of SENCo prior to 2009 and wish to pursue accredited professional development in this area. Completing the course entitles candidates with 60 credits which can be used towards an MA in SEN and Inclusion.

The programme is taught by experienced senior lecturers from the University of Northampton, Faculty of Education and Humanities alongside Local Authority and Alliance partners with expertise in SEND. The University of Northampton is on the Register of Quality Providers and is part of the NASENCo Provider Partnership.

The overall aims of the course are:

  • Developing inclusive teaching approaches and co-ordinating provision for pupils with SEN and/or disabilities in their schools
  • Applying methods to identify additional needs and monitor the progress of pupils with SEN and/ or disabilities
  • Instigating evidence-based, strategic approaches when deploying, supporting and managing other teaching and support staff
  • Establishing networks and partnerships with other local SENCos and local SEN specialists

Feedback from previous participants…

“This course has developed me as a leader within school.  The strategic direction the school takes in regard to SEN is so important and I feel empowered now within my role to lead the school forward.”
“The National Award has been really helpful, especially as someone new to the role.  The tutors are really approachable and happy to answer any questions big or small.  The assignments are also purposeful for the role.”

The programme includes:

  • Two modules each worth 30 Level 7 credits at Master’s Level
  • Face-to-face taught sessions (7 days in total spread across the academic year)
  • Online support – discussion groups, networking
  • Access to university support and services
  • Mentor support

Cost: £2,000 per participant (2020-21)

Click here to download the 2020-21 programme flyer.

The closing date to apply for places on the 2020-21 academic year programme is – Friday 23rd October 2020.


More Information…

For more information please visit the University of Northampton website.

To contact admissions please call: 0300 303 2772 or email: 

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