EDM60-SENCo portfolio

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: PRE-REQUISITE:QTS or equivalent
Co-requisites: EDM122 SENCO 1: Policies and Procedures and EDM123 SENCO 2: Overcoming Barriers to Learning and EDM124 SENCO 3: Learners with Difficulties and Disabilities
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Tim Williams

Email: timothy.williams@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

The portfolio meets the requirement to log the learning outcomes of the National SENCo award as laid out in the National Award for SENCo-ordination published by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. The possible components of the portfolio are those prescribed by “Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years” (current hyperlink embedded – January 2017). 


To enable candidates for the PGCERT SENCo to complete the requirements for attaining the qualification of Special Educational Needs Coordinator by evidencing the full range of work expected of a qualified SENCo.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Part A The professional knowledge and understanding that SENCOs need of the legislative context for SEN and theoretical concepts that underpin effective leadership and practice.

Part B The expertise and capabilities that SENCOs need to lead and coordinate provision effectively.

Part C The personal and professional qualities that SENCOs need to make a positive impact on the ethos and culture in schools and other settings.


Details are available in: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/354172/nasc-learning-outcomes-final.pdf

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

There is no specific taught content associated with this module, as the requirements are within the National Award.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The portfolio of evidence is based on work undertaken by the student while at their work so includes examples which come from their own practice. The course tutor will offer times to discuss the portfolio and its progress during the spring or summer terms.

Students may approach the course leader at any stage by appointment to discuss their portfolio.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Total hours by term
Total hours for module

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Advice is available from the SENCo programme staff

Penalties for late submission:

The portfolio should be submitted by the end of the academic year (which will normally be about 30th September) during which the student completed the last of three SENCo credit bearing modules (EDM122, EDM123, EDM124). If the student submits after this date they will be deemed to have failed the module.


If the portfolio is submitted more than three years after the candidate has entered in to the role of Special Education Needs Coordinator, the candidate would not have fulfilled the legal requirements for holding the title of SENCo.


Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Through the completion of the portfolio folder where the student has demonstrated they have engaged with and evidenced the criteria as stated in this guidance:


Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission of portfolio within one term of failure being communicated to the student.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Printing and binding £5.00 for a good quality A4 large lever arch file and £5.00 for a pack of 100 multipunch see-through plastic pockets.


Students will be expected to copy a range of documents from their schools. This may incur as much as £20.00 of printing.

Last updated: 10 April 2017

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