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National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO)60 creditsMaster of EducationOnlineContinuing Professional DevelopmentValidated by Middlesex University



‘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

‘An amazing course. I loved how accessible it was. I could work in the evenings/weekends/holidays etc. It fitted around my workload easily as there are no formal deadlines apart from the one a year on from when you start. As everyone’s workloads are different this is ideal. There were no university visits so no time off work. The website was easy to use and navigate around. My Tutor was fantastic, and always available for support. I would really recommend booking a course with Real Training.’

Laura Phillips, SENCO

National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO)Module Leader – Katie Hickin

Katie has worked within educational settings for a decade as a teacher, a SENCO and a member of the Senior Management Team. Now working for Real Group, Katie leads and tutors on the SEND Programme, including the NASENCO and iSENCO qualifications.


Why take this module?

You don’t need to take time out of work to attend The National Award for SENCO training 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.

Six career-defining reasons to become a qualified SENCo 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.

Are you based outside of the UK? Do you work with a large number of overseas students? If so, you may want to consider our iSENCo course. This course can still lead to the full UK SENCO qualification (if you have QTS), but can be tailored to your specific international location and circumstances, and will equip you with the skills and confidence to work even more effectively in overseas schools. This pathway is most suited to anyone working overseas, regardless of where you qualified. The module supports you to:

  • Lead and manage Inclusive education within international schools
  • Develop your leadership of SEND within a globally-connected community
  • Implement strategies for working with students with EAL through the development of academic language
  • Understand and meet the needs of globally-mobile students and ‘Third Culture Kids’
  • Connect with other international SENCOs, see the range of approaches in international schools and learn from each other’s good practice.

How will you benefit?

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 for SENCO 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 unrivaled 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, May or July (subject to approval).

The course is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award upon completion.

The module content

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 three 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 (2,000 words).

Please note – No previously attained masters-level credits can be transferred into this qualification. The NASENCO qualification must be completed ‘in full’.

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).

Are you eligible?

In order to enrol on the NASENCO course, 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, but have not yet successfully completed your NQT induction period, you must do so in order to then receive your NASENCO certificate upon completion of the course, unless your QTS certificate states you have an exemption.

  • 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/headteacher. This will enable you to undertake a 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/headteacher. This will enable you to undertake a 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).

For SENCOs new to the role, it is mandatory to achieve the National Award within three years of appointment.

If you are not working as the named SENCO in your setting

  • We will need some extra assurances from you and your head of centre that you will have the required access to roles and opportunities that enable you to meet the NASENCO learning outcomes. Click here for more information on what is required.

Are you a SENCO or aspiring SENCO based in an international setting?

  • If you are based in an international setting, our iSENCO course would most likely be the better option. This course is designed specifically for international SEN and inclusion professionals. and offers opportunities to share best practice with professionals in the same situation. Our tutors have experience working in and with international schools worldwide.
  • We also offer our iSENCO UK top up course if you are planning on returning to the UK as a SENCO in the future. This will enable you to work as a SENCO in a UK setting.
  • If you still feel the NASENCO course is right for you, we will support you where required to adjust the course content to your international setting.
Please click here for advice and information relevant to all professionals studying outside of the UK.

How much does it cost?

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 £2,195 + VAT.
  • Three monthly instalments of £756 + VAT.
  • Ten monthly instalments of £232 + VAT.

For further information please visit the payment FAQ page found here.

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

When does the course start?

Cohorts begin in January, May, July or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 July. Book and enrol before 15 July 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.

How long does it take to complete the course?

The duration of the NASENCO course is up to one year.

We do understand, however, that circumstances can arise that could prevent the course being completed in this time period. If this is the case, an extension can be arranged in conjunction with the admin team and your tutor.

Please note – No previously attained masters-level credits can be transferred into this qualification. The NASENCO qualification must be completed ‘in full’.



For more in-depth delegate feedback, click here.

‘This course has enabled me to do my job much more effectively and has given me the confidence in my decisions which I have at times lacked prior to studying. The tutors are extremely supportive and the constructive criticism is helpful and very useful.’- Elspeth

‘The course has helped me develop as a leader, staff feel more confident in my skills and recommendations now. The new database ensures everyone has access to the information on SEND individuals and has further developed communication across the school and with external agencies.’- Alice

‘I loved how it has given me confidence when speaking to LT about SEN, and how I know where to look if I need something clarifying. The final aspect of the course – self-reflection and leadership styles has been really informative and allowed me to reflect on my own leadership and where I need to work/develop.’- Lisa

‘My tutor has been incredibly supportive and encouraging which is invaluable when working so independently. I have found her feedback positive and helpful, without her supportive emails I would have struggled to complete.’- Helen

‘My main objective was to develop a new specialism based on my current role and expand my employability potential. I feel that this course has full-filled my expectations.’ – Klaudia

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