Level 7 – Senior Leader
Apprenticeship combined with NASENCO Qualification

The combined Level 7 is a funded training opportunity

Achieve the National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO) combined with Senior Leadership to build expertise and knowledge needed make a significant impact on the educational outcomes of students with special needs.

This training programme is an innovative opportunity to achieve the highly-regarded National Award for SEN Coordination combined with an apprenticeship in Senior Leadership.

This makes it an attractive option, especially beneficial for any SENCOs, or aspiring SENCOs who are due to qualify.

Boost your knowledge and skills in two important areas, SEND and leadership, and gain the qualifications to recognise your expertise.

This combined programme allows you to develop your knowledge and skills in two crucial areas; Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and strategic leadership.

You’ll study the NASENCO apprenticeship with Real Training and Educational Sporting Futures to achieve the elements covered in the programme.

* A limited opportunity to study the Level 7 Senior Leader in addition to the NASENCO qualification.

Why choose the Senior Leader with NASENCO programme?

This programme provides a comprehensive and flexible learning experience that caters to individual needs. You’ll engage in a blend of independent study modules, and interactive workshops facilitated by experienced SEND and leadership experts.

Informative webinars will demonstrate the latest insights, and practical projects designed to solidify learning in preparation for real-world application.

Ongoing support will be provided at every stage of the core NASENCO curriculum to build leadership knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Content overview of the Senior Leader programme

The NASENCO curriculum is made up of 4 strands, covering both theory and practical application.

Strand one: The context for inclusive education
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the background legislation, policies, and evidence that inform inclusion and SEN provision including the DfE’s 2023 Improvement Plans.
  • Also, learn to appreciate how high-incidence disabilities affect your pupils’ learning and development.
  • Activity-wise: you will analyse SEND/inclusion policies within your school and look at their background – and how they relate to the current legislative climate.
Strand two: Developing strategy and policies for inclusive education
  • Draw on a broad range of evidence, policy and resources, to work with others to positively influence the delivery of inclusive education – particularly in relation to strategic vision and commitment.
  • Activity-wise: you will compare and contrast elements of SEND practice currently under review in your school through a visit to a local school to compare SEND practice in an alternative setting.
Strand three: The development, planning, and application of inclusive practice
  • Analyse the intervention choices offered in your setting and evaluate the outcomes of one intervention in detail.
  • Draw on the theory, evidence, local practice and external sources of support to design, implement and evaluate a local intervention that will enhance the outcomes of one or more SEND pupils in your school.
  • Activity-wise: you will analyse the implementation and monitoring of interventions and practice for children with SEND. You will evaluate your existing systems for SEND data management.

Benefits of the Senior Leader Apprenticeship with SEN


  • Deliver a demonstrable positive impact on outcomes for students in the school.
  • Develop proficiency through independent study, workshops, webinars and practical projects such as writing a strategic SEND development plan, which will help to maximise impact in the classroom
  • Gain 60 Masters level credits that can be put towards further studies

Who is this course suitable for?


  • The opportunity to undertake this course is open to employed SENCOs and qualified teachers who are aspiring SENCOs.

  • It may also be of interest to current and/or aspiring senior leaders who are looking to gain a good understanding of SEND and create a more inclusive learning environment for all students.

What are the entry requirements


  • You must hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).
  • You must have the right to work and be employed at least 16 hours a week and have lived in England for the last three years.
  • You will need to provide evidence of having achieved GCSE Level 4 or equivalent for English and Maths.
  • You must not have already completed the Senior Leadership Level 7 apprenticeship.
  • Your employer must agree to appoint a workplace mentor to attend the termly progress reviews.
  • Your employer would need to agree and enrol you as an apprentice. We can support you with this.

      Please note: This programme is open to delegates who work in a school that is part of a Multi Academy Trust. 

    How will you be assessed?


    Guidance will be provided at every step during your learning journey to ensure you know what is expected of you. Over the course of the apprenticeship, you will complete a series of projects and activities which will form your portfolio of evidence for submission as part of your End Point Assessment (EPA).

    All apprentices that successfully complete the Learning and Skills Assessor Apprenticeship will receive a Certificate awarded by the EPA Organisation. The certificate will be recognised by the DfE and the Institute for Apprenticeships. The assessment will result in either a ‘fail’, ‘pass’ or ‘distinction’.

    Fully fund the Level 7 programme using your Apprenticeship Levy

    This programme can be fully funded using the Apprenticeship Levy.

    If your employer does not pay the Apprenticeship Levy then the Government will fund 95% of the apprenticeship and your employer will need to commit to paying 5% of the fee which is £700 and would cover the cost of both courses.

    We may be able to support your school to reclaim this £700 via a Levy Transfer. If you successfully enrol on the Apprenticeship then your school will not need to pay Real Training the NASENCO course fee. If they have already paid this, it will be refunded.

    How to apply

    To register for the Senior Leader with NASENCO course, please:

    Application Deadline

    Please apply as soon as possible. If you wish to guarantee a place, please register by Monday 1 July


    Application Deadline

    The next cohort for the Senior Leader with NASENCO starts 9th July 2024.

    Please apply as soon as possible. If you wish to guarantee a place, please register by Monday 1 July.


    Sporting Futures Training is delighted to be partnering with Real Group, leading provider of training in educational testing and professional assessment to deliver this new apprenticeship standard 

    If you would like further information on this course, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or call us.

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    Telephone: 01438 791068

    Email: information@esfapprenticeships.co.uk

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