National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination

This year the Inclusion Quality team at Cheshire East Council have been supporting  SENCOS on the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) NASENCO programme.

The programme aims to develop the knowledge and skills of SENCOS to become leaders for special educational needs and disability (SEND) in school and gain the confidence to increase the participation and achievement for children and young people with SEND .

The SEND Code of Practice requires mainstream schools and academies to have a SENCO , and within three years of taking up a post they need to have completed a Masters level programme about co-ordination and leadership of SEND called the  NASENCO award.

Many councils like to support their own  SENCO's so that they have a good knowledge of the professional teams they will be working with and the graduated approach process in their own local area.

Cheshire East Council is proud to be working in partnership with MMU to support SENCOS  in their studies during the academic year 2019-20. The council will be sharing the Cheshire East SEND toolkit and assisting new SENCO  to understand the graduated approach as well as introducing them to the professionals and teams within SEND .

Two of the council’s Inclusion Quality SENCOs have attended all the teaching sessions and also the NASENCO Conference in July. Ten more teaching sessions will all be held at Holmes Chapel High School and will be supported by professionals from Cheshire East including Ian Donegani, Head of Service for SEND .

The Inclusion Quality team will also be offering support to these SENCOs and their schools during the year. The council is hoping this will continue to a full partnership next year where the Cheshire East professionals will be teaching all sessions with support from the university for the marking of the assignments.

For more details visit the MMU website or contact the Cheshire East Council Inclusion and Quality Team.