Take the next step in your professional development with the Real Training SEND Programme, a new range of practice-based modules covering SEND in mainstream and special school contexts.
"An exciting and essential opportunity to take SEND practice to the next level. These qualifications will help professionals apply knowledge and develop practice-based evidence of effectiveness."
Brian Lamb, OBE, author of the Lamb Inquiry Report into SEN and Parental Confidence
Whether you're determined to bring your knowledge and practice up to date, expand your professional portfolio or attain the new MEd (SEND) qualification, there are options to suit you:
- Study individual modules to broaden your expertise and professional practice skills and gain a relevant Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma.
- Combine modules to gain the MEd (SEND).
- Build upon your previous qualifications from other providers (e.g. National Award for SEN Coordination).
Based around Real Training's proven online learning environment, Campus Online, the SEND programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion. The programme will be delivered in partnership with The Communication Trust, Dyslexia Action and Swiss Cottage Specialist SEN School.
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Who is the programme aimed at - am I eligible?
If you're a graduate professional working in a mainstream or special school, in the independent or state sector this programme has options for you. You may be a SENCO/aspiring SENCO wishing to develop your professional practice to Masters level, a school leader, teacher, teaching assistant or support staff member. The minimum level of entry is a bachelors degree or equivalent, and if you wish to join the National Award for SEN Coordination module you'll also require Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
What modules can I study?
Choose one or more modules from the list to suit your professional development needs and your areas of specialist interest. Most areas are covered by a pair of modules, a 30-credit knowledge-based module and 30-credit application and reflection module. This is except for the National Award for SEN Co-ordination and the compulsory research module, Developing Professional SEND Practice for which you will obtain 60 credits each.
Courses are structured over one, two or three years depending on the exit qualification you wish to attain (National Award for SEN Co-ordination, CCET, PG Cert, PG Dip, MEd).” To achieve the full MEd (180 credits) you will need to choose a minimum of 4 modules (2 x 60 credit and 2 x 30 credit modules) or a maximum of 5 modules (4 x 30 credit and 1 x 60 modules). See the SEND Programme
brochure for full details.
- Autistic Spectrum Conditions - view brochure
- Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing - view brochure
- Dynamic Assessment and Mediation of Cognitive Functions: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations - view brochure
- Dyslexia: Leadership and Intervention - view brochure
- Enquiry-based SEND Practice - view brochure
- General Learning Difficulties
- Listening to and Understanding Children, Parents and Carers
- view brochure
- National Award for SEN Coordination - view brochure
- Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties - view brochure
- Speech, Language and Communication Needs - view brochure
- Strengths-Based Coaching
- Teaching Children with SLD/PMLD/CLDD - view brochure
Can I port my credits from previous study?
Wherever possible, yes. If you have achieved the National Award for SEN Coordination or the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing you will be able to automatically transfer your credits into the SEND programme. Other certificate and diploma credits will be considered, though you will be required to submit an application for Approved Prior Experience and Learning (AP(E)L).
Can I fit my study in around my other commitments?
Absolutely. The SEND Programme is delivered via Real Training's tried and trusted virtual learning environment, Campus Online. Guided by an experienced SEND practitioner or educational psychologist, and working in collaboration within a community of highly motivated colleagues, you'll develop a personalised study pathway that puts you at the centre of your learning. A wide range of online resources, study aids and collaborative tools are available and you can plan to work where and when it's most convenient for you.
How can I enrol, and how much will courses cost?
To enrol and secure your place on your chosen modules simply visit our booking page
and complete and submit your form as soon as possible.
Module prices will vary and can be found on our Prices Overview
Is there any Government funding available?
Yes; however funding for the current round of Government scholarships: the National Scholarship Fund for Teachers and the new SEN Support Scholarship has now closed. You can find out more information on future scholarships opportunities here
. Funding for new to role SENCOs on the National Award for SEN Coordination is still currently available and those who are eligible (check your eligibility here
) should click here to book their Teaching Agency funded place
For more questions please visit our FAQ page or download the brochure.
Click here to download our pricing list.
New to role SENCO Claire recently joined us on Real Training's National Award for SEN Co-ordination course:
"I'm really glad I chose Real Training. It's flexible and I like the fact that you can do it the way that suits you. From the start you have a sense that you are working towards something. I'll try and do the essays in the holidays - I wouldn't be able to do that with another course!"
For more testimonials please visit:
National Award Testimonials | CCET/CPT3A Testimonials
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