SEND Casework Award

On-the-job training and accreditation

To date, more than 50 local authorities from across the country have participated in the award. Many local authorities have built the award into their induction programme for new staff as well as using it for training and developing team members.

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Accredited training for staff directly involved in local authority case work for special educational needs and disabilities

This award is the only available qualification designed specifically for those directly involved in SEND casework and casework management. It is a way of developing and enhancing staff practice in implementing the SEND Code of Practice (2015) requirements.

To date, more than 50 local authorities from across the country have participated in the award. Many local authorities have built the award into their induction programme for new staff as well as using it for training and developing team members.

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Course Content

The course, which can be delivered face to face over 4 days or online over 8 half day sessions, covers:

  • Technical and legal aspects of SEND assessment;
  • Review and co-ordination process, with particular reference to the Code of Practice (2015); 
  • Interpersonal, communication and self-management skills required by staff for effective and excellent professional practice.

Most candidates take between 9 and 12 months to complete the award, with the majority of the programme being completed through daily working practices. On average, candidates estimate that they need about half a day every 4 weeks, including the workshops. Assessment for the award is by a portfolio of evidence which can be collected and annotated from your usual caseload or work priorities. These portfolios are then assessed by your award assessor, usually a member of senior staff within your local authority.

Qualification

Depending on your existing level of knowledge and skills, and your current role, you can achieve a BTEC award at level 3 or 4. As this is an on-the-job accreditation, a major factor in deciding which level to take is what your current role entails. This is a national qualification accredited by Edexcel/Pearson.

Level 4 is aimed at the EHCP co-ordinator role, while Level 3 is suitable for those in a case officer role, supporting the EHCP co-ordinator in or between meetings.

Both the level 3 and level 4 courses cost £995 per candidate; discounts are available for groups of 5 or more.

There are obvious advantages to having an additional qualification when applying for jobs or promotions, but the benefits are more far-reaching than that. Improvements in confidence and morale, knowing that you can do the job and do it well, are priceless.

Interested in the SEND Casework Award?

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