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:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Anna Tsakalaki
Email: a.tsakalaki@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

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 Taeching and Leadership. The possible components of the portfolio are those prescribed by Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years


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.

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, and while completing their PG Cert SENCo course, 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.

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

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Electronic portfolio of evidence as described in the section “Summary Module Description”

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  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.

Assessment 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):

1) Required text books: 

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: 

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

Last updated: 28 October 2021


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