The National Award is a mandatory qualification for all new-to-role SENCOs in schools and educational settings.

Successful completion of the programme will ensure you have the high level of knowledge and skill required to lead on the development of policy and practice for children and young people with special educational needs in your school.

Why study with the Eastern Partnership?

The National Award offered by the Eastern Partnership has been developed using the principle that face-to-face teaching, supervision and study clusters offer the best learning environment within which SENCOs can shape their leadership role. The training covers all the nationally prescribed learning outcomes and includes themes such as:

  • Professional knowledge and understanding.
  • Principles and practice of leadership in different contexts.
  • The effects of SEN and disability on pupil participation.
  • Strategies for improving outcomes.
  • Strategic work with senior leadership teams.
  • The development of personal and professional qualities.

Benefits of studying the National Award with the Eastern Partnership include:

  • Face-to face teaching from highly qualified and experienced tutors.
  • Access to a unique Self Evaluation Tool.
  • Opportunities to network with other SENCOs.
  • A high level of supervision for your research and written assignments.
  • Practical tasks which have a positive impact.
  • Access to university library facilities and additional dedicated online resources.

Programme assessment and accreditation

In addition to attending the training and taking part in study clusters, each participant will complete two assignments made up of a series of practical tasks. Successful completion of this programme will result in 60 Masters level credits with the University of Hertfordshire. These can be used by those who wish to progress their studies onto an MA in Educational Leadership or in SEND and Inclusion.

For more information and to book your place please visit on 01438 845734 or e-mail at

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Eastern UK Partnership