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I am interested in taking on the SENCo role and studying for the qualification. I would be attending Chichester or Winchester University and I would like to hear from anyone who has recently completed either course. I am particularly interested in course content and time commitment (which I would need to balance with working full time and looking after a family).
I have just finished the course and found it hard work and more time consuming than I thought. There does seem to be quite a difference on what you do depending on who you are taking the course with. I did mine with a different provider to the ones you are looking at.
Are you currently working as a SENCO as it was my understanding that you need to be in the job or about to take over from someone to do the course.
Could you please tell me where you did your course? I am unaware of many things to do with the qualifications needed. I note that you said you need to be in post--is this still the case? I am looking to the future. I am currently the only one in the SEN dept with a qualification in SpLD teaching. I am hoping to do level 7 so I can assess pupils fpr access arrangements. I was then thinking I might like to go on so that at some point I might be a SENCO. What would you suggest please?
Although different providers run slightly different programmes, to successfully meet all criteria, you must be a current SENCo - this is checked with your school/LA. There are aspects of the portfolio and assignments that cannot be carried out unless you are in the role.
The only thing that I can suggest is that you keep a look out for SENCo roles in your area.
The DfE website has a list of providers.
Not the case. The course details stated this but I applied and have got on the couirse (self funding).
Self funding is fine, but unless you are going to be taking on some aspect of the SENCo role in your school, you will have difficulty in fulfilling the portfolio and assignment requirement.
Senco funding is still available on a limited basis, for new or in-role SENCOs. The funding is in rounds.
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