The National Award for SEN Co-ordination

Topic outline

  • Background


    Serco is an approved and experienced training provider for the National Award for Special Educational Needs (SEN) Coordination (course code 110), a National College for Teaching & Leadership training programme designed to support the professional development of SENCOs.

    The programme, designed in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton, is delivered by experienced SENCOs and educational psychologists; is flexible, taking into account your prior learning as well as personal circumstances, and is designed to reduce the impact of time out of school.

    All DfE funding has now been allocated, but the Award remains mandatory for all SENCOs appointed since 2009, to be gained within 3 years of taking up the SENCO post.  


    • Programme Details


      The key aspects of the programme are:

      • Three masters level modules, each of which is worth 20 credits;
      • Tutor support - following an initial needs analysis, your tutor will assist you in preparing your own learning programme and supports you throughout the programme;
      • Three sessions with your tutor and learning group
      • Online support - discussion groups, networking and seminars;
      • Five visits - to other workplaces to gain first hand experience of provision in other settings;
      • Mentor support - from within your school or an experienced SENCO;
      • Peer support - from within your own cohort, arranged by the tutor;
      • Professional development portfolio - to record evidence of learning and experience.

      The three modules are :

      • Module One: Orientation and Perspectives on SEN and Inclusive Practice (20 credits)
      • Module Two: Evidence Based Practice and Inclusion (20 credits)
      • Module Three: Whole School Development: Enabling Inclusion (20 credits)

      Each of these is assessed at the end with a 3,000 word assignment.

      The programme is delivered fully online and each module starts with a WebEx (online conferencing) session. 

      The programme takes 12 months to complete.  We have 3 intakes a year, with new cohorts starting every February, May and September

      • Programme costs


        The full programme can be paid for in full at the start of the programme or per module (3 payments to be paid at the start of each module).

        The cost of the full programme is £990 + VAT or £350 + VAT per module.  (please note this price is due to increase in September 2018).

        We also offer each of the three modules separately, they are delivered entirely online and cost £350 + VAT per module.

        Our next programme starts in May 2018, the application deadline is 19th April 2018.

        • Further Information


          Please download the following information to help you with your application;

          Programme Information

          Guidance for schools

          Application form guidance


          **Please note to gain the SENCO Award applicants must have Qualified Teacher Status.  If you do not know your reference number, please contact Teachers Pensions on 0345 6066166 (8.30am - 6pm Monday to Friday). 

          If you are not a qualified teacher then you may still be eligible to join the programme and receive a Post Graduate Certificate which equates to 60 credits towards your Master's qualification upon successful completion**.

          • More Information

            If you are still not sure if you wish to apply for the programme, why not listen to one of our information sessions that took place last year?

            The meeting was led by Dr Jo Winwood (Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton and the academic lead for our SENCO Award programme) and she was joined by a previous SENCO Award participant.  They explained what the SENCO Award programme is all about and how it benefits SENCOs. They also discussed what is involved, studied and covered in the programme, including its challenges and rewards.

            Email us at for a copy of the recording!

            • How to apply

              Please note that you will need to complete the application form in one session, you can not save the form and go back to it, with this in mind, you may wish to see the questions before you access the online form, please click here for a sample overview of the questions that you will be asked.

              You will now be ready to apply online, please follow the link below: