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Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

The National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCo)

Do you have a new SENCo in your school? Do they hold the National SENCo Award?

All new SENCos must complete the NASENCo Award within the first 3 years of appointment. This is still the legal requirement. In Devon, we run the NASENCo award jointly with the University of Plymouth.

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The National Award for SEN Coordination is a postgraduate qualification, which is mandatory for teachers new to the role of SENCO and would be beneficial for experienced SENCOs. Other teachers in schools or Further Education settings may also be eligible to gain the qualification.

“The course enabled me to reflect on my strengths and areas of development particularly in relation to my leadership style” – SENCO student

The South West Consortium: SENCO

The Award is offered through the South West Consortium consisting of the University of Exeter and Plymouth University, working in conjunction with the local authorities of:

  • BCP
  • Cornwall
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Plymouth
  • Somerset

Since 2010 over 1500 SENCOs in the South West have attained the Award.

You will benefit from:

  • Six taught face-to-face days
  • Local LA (Local Authority) context for learning through face-to-face and virtual learning support and resources
  • Professional learning community
  • Networking with local SENCOs and sharing good practice
  • High-quality local tutors with extensive expertise, experience, and knowledge
  • High-quality formative feedback

Find out more

If you are a SENCo in Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth or Somerset or would like to apply to the University of Plymouth programme please email Victoria Bamsey at

If you are a SENCo in BCP or Dorset or would like to apply to the University of Exeter programme please email Eleni Dimitrellou at

“The programme is exemplary in the way that the university works in partnership with regional/local area professionals” – External Examiner