National Award For Sen Coordination Assignments Discovery

Practice-based approach to professional learning

We offer a range of professional development programmes for teachers and others working in the education sector.

We are able to design bespoke programmes for delivery on school premises. Such programmes provide schools with the opportunity to influence content and outcomes according to their needs.

Our approach to professional development:

  • Is flexible and tailored to support individual school improvement needs, with a variety of professional development pathways
  • Spans the professional journey from initial teacher training, through customised support and Masters level learning linked to professional practice
  • Supports regional schools networks in developing and sharing best practice
  • Supports the development of teachers as practitioner researchers, improving their understanding of, and impact on, improving performance in the classroom

MA programmes

Our programmes offer a practice-based approach to professional learning with a focus on school development and the achievement of learners that meet the needs of professionals working at all levels in the field of education.

Masters in Advanced Educational Practice

The MA in Advanced Education Practice (AEP) provides several pathways to a Masters degree for teachers who wish to enrich their knowledge and understanding. All link key concepts to classroom practice and are assessed through assignments that involve reflection on the application of new ideas and practice in schools. Many involve small scale research projects.

PGCert programmes

Our programmes at postgraduate certificate level offer specialised training designed to address specific needs. They may lead to progression onto the full MA award if desired.

Short courses for teachers

We have the expertise to support professional development in the following areas:

Practitioner research for teachers, special educational needs, dyslexia, leadership, early years education, primary curriculum and pedagogy, secondary curriculum and pedagogy, mentoring and coaching, subject specific support in sciences, design and technology, mathematics, modern languages, physical education, computing and teaching assistant training.

Courses in these areas may be developed and delivered in school in a variety of formats.

Supporting science education on Merseyside

The School is proud to be part of the Science Learning Network North West, one of five regional consortia nationally within England. We work closely with Merseyside schools and colleges to support the delivery of great science education through a range of science-focused CPD programmes and conferences, with 98% of course attendees rating the CPD as ‘very good’ or ‘good’.

‘As a new SENCO this course was essential. I now have a greater understanding of the legislation behind the SEND provision we have today. It has enabled me to systematically evaluate and review all the elements of our SEND provision in school. I also have a clear action plan for the coming year in light of everything that I have learnt.’

Kristina Barr, SENCO

‘The best online learning platform I have ever experienced. Tutor support is friendly, professional and fast. Modules are well structured and really do lead to improved levels of confidence and better outcomes for students.’

Anthony Collins, SENCO

You don’t need to take time out of work to attend lectures. You won’t even need to travel miles and miles to learn with us.

Discover real-life online learning that fits in with your school, your setting, your children, your family, and you.

Six career-defining reasons to study with us

  1. Learn on the job – engage with real-life learning that slots perfectly into your day-to-day and builds on your existing practice.
  2. Embrace flexible e-learning – experience our leading virtual campus (Campus OnlineTM) and take the latest skills and knowledge into the heart of your setting.
  3. Encounter a perfectly weighted practice-led study programme that doesn’t overload you with theory and take the module in any order that suits you.
  4. Discover the latest research, policy and guidance and develop truly first-rate skills with our outstanding SEND practitioners.
  5. Achieve the gold standard award for SENCOs that drives up teaching standards and outcomes for those with SEND.
  6. Master the essential competencies and leadership abilities to fuel your career and attain a Middlesex University-validated National Award for SEN Coordination Postgraduate Certificate – worth 60 Masters-level (M-level) credits towards our MEd SEND.


Add real value to your school

  • Gain an internationally respected, highly valued qualification.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the background legislation, policies and evidence that are key to inclusion and SEN provision.
  • Secure your knowledge of high-incidence disabilities and their effect on each pupil’s learning and development.
  • Draw on a broad range of evidence, policy and resources and work with others to influence the delivery of inclusive education.
  • Design, implement and evaluate an intervention in your setting to improve the outcomes of one or more SEN pupils.
  • Cultivate your collaborative, leadership and staff management skills with multiple stakeholders.
  • Explore the importance of interpersonal relationships to achieve robust planning and intervention delivery.
  • Enhance your own and others’ personal and professional development.

What makes our National Award special?

  • Work with personal tutors who are experienced and qualified practitioner psychologists or specialist teachers.
  • Experience the National Award from the comfort of your own setting with Campus OnlineTM – the leading virtual learning environment for postgraduate SEND study.
  • Learn on the job and encounter a perfectly weighted practice-led study programme that doesn’t overload you with theory.
  • Take a course designed by leading educational and child psychologists.
  • Attain a Middlesex University-validated National Award for SEN Coordination Post Graduate Certificate – worth 60 M-level credits.
  • Take your first steps on Real Training’s MEd SEND Programme – an unrivalled range of modules that are relevant to SENCOs.
  • Connect with SENCOs across the UK.
  • Save travel time and money.
  • Choose a start date that suits you (September, January or May).

The course is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex Award upon completion. Dr Andrew Richards of Exeter University is our external examiner.

A bit of theory first…

Strand one: The context for inclusive education

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the background legislation, policies and evidence that inform inclusion and SEN provision.
  • Also, learn to appreciate how high-incidence disabilities affect your pupils’ learning and development.
  • Activity-wise: you will analyse SEND/inclusion policies within your school and look at their background – and how they relate to the current legislative climate.

Followed by a lot of useful practice…

Strand two: Developing strategy and policies for inclusive education

  • Draw on a broad range of evidence, policy and resources, to work with others to positively influence the delivery of inclusive education – particularly in relation to strategic vision and commitment.
  • Activity-wise: you will compare and contrast elements of SEND practice currently under review in your school through a visit to a local school to compare SEND practice in an alternative setting.

Strand three: The development, planning and application of inclusive practice

  • Analyse the intervention choices offered in your setting and evaluate the outcomes of one intervention in detail.
  • Draw on the theory, evidence, local practice and external sources of support to design, implement and evaluate a local intervention that will enhance the outcomes of one or more SEND pupils in your school.
  • Activity-wise: you will analyse the implementation and monitoring of interventions and practice for children with SEND. You will evaluate your existing systems for SEND data management.

Strand four: Working with others

  • Enhance collaborative, leadership and staff management skills, by fostering an understanding of the key roles and relationships that SENCOs have with multiple stakeholders.
  • Focus on the essential nature of interpersonal relationships for the effective planning and delivery of interventions.
  • Activity-wise: you will reflect on the impact of the course on your development and leadership skills.

Please note

These strands can be taken in an order that suits you. Our flexible structure allows you to slot the tasks and activities seamlessly into your working life.

How will you be assessed?

You will:

  • Submit self-assessment questionnaires as you start and progress through the course to document the development of your confidence, skills and knowledge.
  • Write short reflective learning logs that document examples of your school-based SEND practice.
  • Collate evidence of your applied practice in managing and interpreting SEND data and in reviewing your commissioning of outside professionals.
  • Write three written assignments – one on inclusion research/policy, one comparing your school SEND policy and practice with another provision, and another evaluating an intervention running in your setting.
  • Write a reflective evaluation of the impact of the whole course on the development of applied professional knowledge and leadership skills (1,000–1,500 words).

How is the module delivered?

  • Discover the collegiate buzz of our virtual campus, the latest library resources (including the EBSCO digital library and our online module guide), the finest lecturers and your fellow students at the click of a mouse via Campus OnlineTM.
  • Engage with live and recorded webinars run by leading SEND experts (such as Brian Lamb OBE, charity leaders and DfE representatives).

You will need to have completed an undergraduate degree and you should either have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

  • If you hold QTS, then you will need to be employed for the duration of the course, either as the SENCO in your setting, or in another position within the setting, with the full support of your current SENCO/head teacher. This will enable you to undertake the wide range of tasks and responsibilities of the SENCO role, in addition to your current duties.
  • If you hold QTLS status, you will need to be employed as a SENCO, or in another position within your setting, with the full support of your current SENCO/head teacher. This will enable you to undertake the wide range of tasks and responsibilities of the SENCO role, in addition to your current duties. If you do not hold an undergraduate degree, you will also need to demonstrate your ability to work at level 7 (Masters-level).

It’s extremely good value – as you get what you pay for.

  • True collegiate support provided via our leading virtual learning environment: Campus OnlineTM.
  • Leading-edge technology and resources run by some of the most respected practitioners around.
  • Practice-led learning that fits seamlessly into your working life and saves you travel time and money.

We offer a flexible range of fees to suit your finances:

  • Single payment of £1,800 + VAT.
  • Three monthly instalments of £625 + VAT.
  • Ten monthly instalments of £192 + VAT.

Speak to us (01273 358080) or make a booking.


When does the course start?

Cohorts begin in January, May and September.

Book and enrol by 15 May to join our next cohort.

Please note: as it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend to register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.

Our National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO) brochure will provide you with additional information on this course.

Download the brochure.


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