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International Award in SEN Coordination60 creditsMaster of EducationOnlineContinuing Professional DevelopmentValidated by Middlesex University

International Award in SEN Coordination

This new International Award in SEN Coordination has been created by Real Training specifically for the International Market. We’ve successfully delivered training to thousands of SENCOs in the UK – and now we’ve created a new course with the same quality content and delivery, accessible to teachers without UK-equivalent QTS.

‘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

Why take this module?

Delegates completing this International Award for SEN Coordination course will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • To develop effective leadership and management skills in relation to SEND coordination within an international school setting.
  • To develop an understanding of how wider cultural, political, historical and community contexts influence SEND provision internationally.
  • To engage with international research and evidence based practice regarding inclusive education.
  • To critically examine the research on interventions in the field of SEND and demonstrate both knowledge and understanding of both its applications and limitations.
  • To develop different models of partnership within their setting with an understanding of the place of power and ethics in listening to and understanding children, parents and carers.

The course starts in September, January and May.

Book and enrol before 15 January to join our next cohort.

How will you benefit?

On successful completion of this module, students will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • The context for leading inclusive education within an international school setting.
  • The range of statutory and regulatory frameworks and the wider cultural, political, historical and community contexts influencing SEND provision internationally.
  • The strategies to differentiate between pupils who have English as an additional language and/or SEND and how they can affect pupils’ participation and learning.
  • The role of communities and culture when promoting inclusive education

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the effective use of resources to deliver high quality SEND provision in line with best value principles.
  • Communicate effectively and work strategically with senior colleagues, school governors and to draw on external sources of support and expertise to enhance SEND provision.
  • Identify and implement systems for monitoring and evaluating systems of teaching and learning incorporating tools for collecting, analysing and using data about pupil progress.

Learn on the job

  • Harness your day-to-day experience and work with your tutor to develop your skills.
  • Become an expert in this area in your school – and save your school money.
  • Develop effective support for the most vulnerable children in your school.

Engage with flexible e-learning

  • Study online and integrate your learning into your working day.
  • Access a wealth of practical resources, academic research and interactive materials.
  • Take part in a flexible module that draws on a broad range of learning tasks and practical experience.
  • Work closely with your peers and dedicated tutors online.
  • Experience mentoring and work placements that really complement your learning.

Accrue credits towards your MEd

Attain 60 Masters-level (M-level) credits when you successfully complete this module.

Connect with your peers

  • Obtain exclusive access to Campus OnlineTM.
  • Interact with your peers using our advanced learning platform and our unique student forum.

We will ensure that you never feel lonely or unsupported in your studies.

Liaise with experienced tutors

  • Enjoy dedicated specialist support from a broad range of experienced tutors.
  • Receive expert guidance from us throughout the module.
  • Learn from SENCOs and educational psychologists who know the education sector inside out.
  • Work with our friendly team of independent professionals – committed to giving you the training that you need.

Choose a start date that suits you

Start the module in September, January or May.

Book and enrol before 15 January to join our next cohort.

Take a quality-assured module

This module is validated by Middlesex University, so you can be assured of its quality.

The module content

The International Award in SEN Coordination is divided into four units. These units cover the following:

  • Strand 1: The context for inclusive education within international settings. The aims of this unit are to explore the range of wider cultural, political, historical and community contexts influencing SEND provision internationally. To equip delegates with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of identifying SEND needs for pupils with English as an additional language and how these affect pupils’ learning and development.
  • Strand 2: Developing strategy and policies for inclusive education. The aims of this unit are allow delegates to draw on a wide range of evidence, policy and resources and work with others to positively influence the strategic vision and commitment for the delivery of inclusive education. This unit requires each delegate to undertake a placement of up to 2 days in another international school identified and nominated by the delegate. The placement school will be one in which an area of applied professional practice can be compared, contrasted and critically analysed with the same area of practice in the delegate’s own school, leading to developmental outcomes for the SENCO to implement.
  • Strand 3: The development, planning and application of inclusive practice. The aim of this unit is to allow an in-depth analysis of a particular issue in the workplace, drawing on theory, evidence, local practice and external sources of support to design, implement and evaluate a local intervention aimed at enhancing the outcomes for one or more SEND pupils.
  • Strand 4: Collaboration and leadership. The aims of this unit are to enhance skills in collaboration, leadership and staff management, by fostering an understanding of the SENCO’s key role in leading sensitively within a multicultural context, emphasising the essential nature of interpersonal relationships for effective planning and delivery of interventions, and how to enhance their own and others’ personal and professional development.

How will you be assessed?

To successfully complete this course delegates will need to complete the following:

Three Applied Practice Tasks (equivalent to 2000 words):

  • SEND Policy analysis Analyse the SEND/inclusion policies from your own school and your placement school to compare the language used and the approaches taken to management of SEND and inclusion issues across the schools.
  • Summary of SEND data management systems Collate an overview of the SEND data tracking and monitoring systems used in your setting. include:(a) At least two pieces of evidence of your own practice at the systemic (whole-school) level, eg an anonymised section of your SEN or AEN Register or an anonymised copy of your Provision Map/other data management systems that you use at a school. You may wish to include more than two.(b) At least one piece of evidence of your data monitoring systems at the ‘individual learner’ level to demonstrate your monitoring/tracking of an individual pupil’s progress.
  • Review of SEND provision within your setting.

Summarise either in narrative or diagrammatically the different levels of SEND provision in the school and the process of how pupils level of SEND provision is reviewed and revised. Critically reflect and comment on areas of strength in your settings current model and evaluate how far the current model reflects a graduated approach to SEND provision.

Three Masters Assignments:

  • Strand 1 – M level assignment – a critical analysis of the relationship between between the culture and ethos of your setting/locality and international research on inclusive educational provision for learners with SEND (3000 words)
  • Strand 2 – M level assignment – a critical analysis, evaluation and comparison of a focus area of inclusive education within two diverse schools / working contexts / learning environments (3000 words)
  • Strand 3 – M level assignment Either: Option A: an individual-child level case study analysis and evaluation in the format of either a written paper or a presentation (including slides and commentary) – multimedia presentations will be acceptable and encouraged – (3000 words) or Option B: Provide a critical analysis of a piece of project work undertaken in your school / consortium to support the assessment and/or provision of services for pupils with SEND (3000 words).

One Reflective Learning Log:

  • An evaluation of the impact of the whole course on development of applied professional knowledge and leadership skills (1000 words)

Students will also take part in self assessment exercises as part of their engagement with the course materials. They will also complete reflective learning activities. Students will be asked to record their experiences at various points during the course in ‘reflective learning logs’. Learning logs will be reviewed by tutors and they will offer their feedback on them, but they are primarily designed as a structured way for students to record their practical experiences and use these to develop their practice.

Delegates, should they wish to and where a word equivalence option is given, will be encouraged to produce a portfolio of evidence including the use multimedia approaches where suitable but will not be penalised for using text based submissions.

Are you eligible?

You will need to have completed an undergraduate degree. Students must also be a current or an aspiring SENCO based in an international setting defined as a school that promotes international education, whether in an international or UK environment, either by adopting a curriculum such as that of the International Baccalaureate, or by following a national curriculum different from that of the school’s country of residence.

This course is available online and can therefore be completed anywhere in the world. Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

How much does it cost?

We offer a flexible range of fees to suit you:

  • Single payment of £2,750 + VAT.
  • Three monthly instalments of £942 + VAT.
  • Ten monthly instalments of £287 + 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 before 15 January 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.

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