Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) *Subject to Validation

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: 
Home cost per credit: To be confirmed
International full time annual tuition fee: To be confirmed

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Course type

PgCert

School

School of Education

Study mode

Part Time

About your course

Developed and delivered in partnership by LJMU and School Improvement Liverpool, this innovative programme meets the requirements of the National Award for SENCOs. It provides a unique professional development experience, enabling you to fulfil the role’s demanding expectations.

  • A practical, relevant programme, designed by SENCOs for SENCOs
  • Delivered by experts in the field who bring professional currency and academic expertise to the fore
  • Covers a wide range of topics and enables you to develop your ability to fulfil a strategic leadership role
  • Enables you to work with colleagues from other Local Education Authorities and education sectors
  • Provides significant benefits for your organisation and for you professionally, as a nationally qualified SENCO
  • Offers tailored support and guidance as you need it

"The course was incredibly beneficial to me as a new SENCO. The quality of training was fantastic and the most important contributing factor to my success on the course".

Craig Griffies, Carlton House Prep School

“Modules are relevant to practice and have left me with an up-to-date, in-depth knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice, the role of SENCO and how to lead with success. Yvonne and Carmel could not have been more supportive…they made everything seem manageable, boosted my confidence and even helped me to survive Ofsted”.

Amanda Hewitt, All Saints Catholic Primary School

Introduction to the School

The School of Education has a well established reputation for delivering innovative approaches to teacher education.

The balance between professional practice and academic rigour built into this programme stem from a unique partnership between LJMU and School Improvement Liverpool.

Our School of Education has over 100 years’ experience delivering teacher education in partnership with schools and settings across the region.

All of our credit bearing programmes make study relevant to your professional requirements that impact on the learning outcomes of young people and on the effectiveness of team leadership in schools and colleges.

School Improvement Liverpool are experts in education, with a firmly established reputation as one of the leading service providers in the North West.
They offer schools a superior service delivering consultancy, training and professional development via a trusted and experienced team who have proven track records of excellence and credibility.

With an up-to-date knowledge of local and national policies, statutory requirements and the benefits of using academic research, the organisation aims to ‘diminish the difference' for potentially vulnerable groups. They play a significant role in supporting schools in their provision for learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).

 

Why study this course at LJMU?

This practical and relevant programme features assessment activities in-keeping with the SENCO role and enables you to participate in a wide range of topics, benefitting from opportunities to fulfil your leadership role more effectively.

This programme provides a grounding in theory, research and practice for educational professionals with an interest in developing their capabilities as SENCOs, their understanding of policy contexts and their ability to contribute to improvements in educational outcomes and organisational effectiveness in their school or setting.

Designed to meet the individual professional development needs of SENCOs in a variety of settings, you will develop confidence and competency through extending and enhancing professional expertise.

Enthusiastic, expert and highly regarded tutors enable you to: develop practitioner enquiry skills and disseminate findings; review personal professional achievements and development needs and provide evidence of your commitment to development.

Study on this programme prepares you to provide leadership and professional guidance to colleagues and work closely with staff, parents and carers. It challenges you to promote person-centred, inclusive practice in which the interests and needs of pupils with SEN and/or disabilities are at the heart of everything you do.

Programme outline and structure

Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) play a vital role in leading the co-ordination of provision for children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities in schools.

This programme has been carefully mapped against the learning outcomes of the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NCTL, June 2014).
It is taught during six full training days and six additional twilight sessions. These are organised on a half-termly basis at the Toxteth Annexe Conference Centre and the IM Marsh Campus in South Liverpool.

The programme will enable you to expand your knowledge and understanding of the SENCO role through learning based on engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice in Special Educational Needs Coordination.

You will develop critical professional practice through analysis of, reflection on, and engagement with this knowledge and understanding in your professional setting.

The programme utilises a wide range of activities to develop learning, with an emphasis on teaching approaches which build on your experience in educational workplaces.

Learning activities are designed to encourage critical engagement with literature; theory; research and critical analysis and reflection on practice.

Lectures and workshops are highly interactive drawing on your knowledge, understanding and skills in analysing and constructing responses to real problems and then developing these understandings through reference to academic literature.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

The Role of the SENCO

  • Roles and responsibilities of practitioners in planning and supporting learning
  • Learning policy and provision; auditing current provision
  • Managing resources: time, space, people, finance, materials

Teaching Young People with Special Educational Needs

  • Key concepts and theoretical frameworks associated with Learning Difficulties
  • Legislation, research and initiatives into teaching and learning for children and young people with significant learning needs
  • Using assessment to identify a range of learning needs
  • Effective planning and monitoring of intervention programmes

Professional Development for Leadership

  • Reflective practice for leadership development in the context of the role of the SENCO
  • Leadership styles and strategies
  • Working with colleagues and others in schools - communication, securing commitment, negotiation and meeting skills
  • Planning for and implementing change

How will I be assessed?

All teaching and learning activities and assessment tasks are closely linked to your school-based practice to ensure the programme is relevant to your professional needs as a SENCO.

​This programme has a blended approach that involves workplace learning and practical activities, face-to-face activity, including peer and facilitated learning, reading and reflection, on-line learning and projects plus other pieces of work at masters level carried out in your workplace.

Learning will be assessed through a single coursework assignment in each of the three modules. Assignments have been designed to meet the academic requirements of the programme and enable each student to demonstrate their growing knowledge and skill base as a SENCO. 

Each assignment involves engagement in work-based activity that is part of the professional role and allows for flexibility of approach and for different interpretations according to the phase, size and type of school or setting, making them pertinent and relevant to all.

These will include:

  • analysis of policy and practice in your context
  • small-scale practitioner enquiry
  • development of school policy

Graduates from our programme report that their assignments help them to perform the SENCO role effectively and have a positive impact on school improvement.

Staff research interests

We provide a learning environment in which teachers are able to demonstrate their research interests and their professional learning linked to improving the practice of SENCOs in schools. Staff also have a specific interest in supporting learners with a range of specific learning difficulties.

The School houses our Centre for Educational Research (CERES), which has an extensive record of conducting educational research that is influential locally, nationally and internationally. The Centre conducts research and evaluation across all sectors of education. In the REF 2014, 61% of CERES research was rated as internationally excellent or world leading.  

The Centre’s areas of expertise include:

  • Children's learning and development
  • Research in educational technology
  • Sport, outdoor education and body pedagogy
  • Workplace and professional learning
  • School leadership and management
  • Theory and politics of education

Teachers and leaders are increasingly making use of school-centred research to inform their development. We are able to provide support to research-active schools through our CPD provision, consultancy and guidance and by providing opportunity to engage with our active research teams.

Entry requirements (Home)

You will need:

  • an Honours degree (minimum 2:2) or recognised equivalent
  • a Certificate in Education (post 16) with appropriate professional experience

All offers are conditional on applicants securing satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure and health checks.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. 

In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?

No

IELTS

6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Pearson

58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Sources of funding

 

Postgraduate loans

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding 

LJMU Alumni Award

Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*). 

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.


Graduate employment

Since 2009 it has been a statutory requirement that any newly appointed SENCO must achieve a National Award in Special Educational Needs Co-ordination within three years of appointment.

This programme is therefore central to career progression for all serving SEN Coordinators in Primary and Secondary schools. Its focus on leadership also provides professional development opportunities for those seeking to develop their career in this direction.

Graduates from this programme have progressed to further study on the University's MA in Advanced Educational Practice which offers opportunities for specialisms in Leadership and Management or in Special Educational Needs.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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