National Award for SENCos
Evaluating the impact of the new National Award for SENCos: transforming landscapes or gardening in a gale?
Article first published online: 17 DEC 2012
© 2012 The Authors. British Journal of Special Education © 2012 NASEN
British Journal of Special Education
Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 164–172, December 2012
How to Cite
Griffiths, D. and Dubsky, R. (2012), Evaluating the impact of the new National Award for SENCos: transforming landscapes or gardening in a gale?. British Journal of Special Education, 39: 164–172. doi: 10.1111/1467-8578.12000
- Issue published online: 17 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 17 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: SEP 2012
- Manuscript Received: FEB 2012
- continuing professional development;
- impact evaluation
This study, authored by Dominic Griffiths and Rachel Dubsky, both of Manchester Metropolitan University, considers the impact of the new National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators (NASENCo) in one English local authority. Data on the impacts upon both SENCos' personal professional development and upon their schools are drawn from semi-structured interviews with six SENCOs, their headteachers and one colleague from each of their schools. Factors that appear to have enhanced or modified the impact of the training are identified. The article discussed, firstly, the emerging theme of SENCos' own perceptions of their role, and then the implications of the study's findings for future NASENCo course design.