**Registrations are now open for the 2017-18 Cohort of the National Award for SEN Coordination, please click here to find out more and secure your place.**


For over six years an ELC-led partnership of SEND leading experts has been collaborating to offer a hugely successful range of SEND programmes and products for use in schools across the Eastern region and beyond.  

This collaboration, called the Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) has focused on the professional development of school leaders, including head teachers and SENCOs, as well as teachers and teaching assistants; all of whose skills are central to ensuring good outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

The Eastern Leadership Centre is proud to announce that the Eastern Partnership’s SEND programmes and products now have a new home hosted by Herts for Learning (HfL), giving the work a secure and dynamic future.

ELC’s regional leader for SEND, Angela Scott, has now transferred to Herts for Learning, along with these programmes.  Angela will continue to lead the Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) from within HfL ensuring continuity and on-going development.

Registrations for all courses listed below are open and can be accessed by following the links below.

Contact the Eastern Partnership at 01438 845734 or with any questions.


National Award for SEN Coordination

All SENCOs new to role since 2009 must successfully complete the National Award for SEN Coordination within three years of coming into post. The Eastern Partnership has been delivering the National Award since January 2010 and has a strong track record of providing a high quality, cutting edge course delivered by well respected, up-to-date and experienced trainers. The course will enable you to meet the nationally prescribed learning outcomes and because you can attend the training in your local area you will have the advantage of being able to access information about systems and processes which directly relate to your school or setting.

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Advanced SENCO Award

Whether you are a SENCO who has completed the National Award for SEN Coordination and wish to progress your studies, or you are an experienced SENCO wishing to update your knowledge and skills, this course is suitable for you. It is particularly useful for those who are carrying out the SENCO role across schools or groups of schools or who are likely to become a cluster SENCO in the future.

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SENCO as Leaders Award

The SENCO as Leaders Award adds to the suite of training which includes the National Award for SEN Coordination and the Advanced SENCO Award and can lead to a Masters in Educational Leadership. It is open to SENCOs who have either successfully completed the National Award or have been in post for over three years.

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Advanced Skills for Teaching Assistants Level 4 (SEN Focus)

This is an exciting and innovative course for teaching assistants and HLTAs who want to further their knowledge about working with pupils with special educational needs and develop coaching and mentoring skills to share good practice with colleagues.

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aptGO (SEN & disability focus)

aptGO is an Audit and Planning tool for working at Ofsted judgements Good and Outstanding. The purpose of the aptGO is to help you describe and evidence your policy and practice for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities against the requirements in the Ofsted inspection framework 2015. Available to all schools KS 1 - 4, this tool provides a framework for auditing and planning.

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Practice Based Research Project (MA dissertation)

This Practice Based Research Project module, is the final stage of the journey towards an MA in Education and Leadership. The module will enable those who currently hold 120 Masters Level credits gained through the SEND Masters Suite programme to achieve a further 60 credits, resulting in the completion of an MA.

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Level 3 Award for SENCOs in Early Years

This course is relevant to all who are working in a private, or voluntary sector playgroup or day nursery, or work as a child-minder. The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice for those 0-25 (2015) states that all settings must have a SENCO, and that those who work in early years play an important role within the current law and guidance. This course will help you to develop your knowledge and skills to ensure high quality practice in your setting.

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Regional SEND Forum - Coming Soon

The Eastern Partnership is pleased to announce a Regional SEND forum that will be coming soon. This hub will provide a wealth of information for those working within SEND, including national, regional and local information and research, best practice examples, training and conference opportunities and the latest developments in thinking. This forum will also enable you to connect with colleagues around the country via an online chat room facility.

To register your interest in gaining access to this essential treasure-trove of information and ideas, please click below and complete the registration of interest form.

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