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Dr Leslie Burns

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Programme Leader SEND: Leading Provision and Practice (DL)

I am an advocate of life long learning and continuing professional development. I have several interests primarily Special Educational Needs and inclusive education. I am also interested in local and international independent learning and helping to develop and support trainee teachers and those commencing careers in teaching.

Teaching and supervision

My background is in UK secondary education (ages 11-18). I initially trained as a Chemistry/Science teacher, then Science coordinator. I then migrated into Special Education Needs and Disabilities and Social Emotional Behavioural Difficulties. I have held senior management positions in several schools. I eventually moved to a local authority in the Behaviour Support service.

During my time in secondary and SEND education, I mentored trainee teachers across both types of schools and this was the beginning of my involvement in Initial Teacher Training. I have also developed PCET initial teacher training across a local authority.

I have taught on the campus MA Education, as the Module Leader for EDPM102 Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties.

I am the Programme Leader for PgCert Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: Leading Provision and Practice (DL) and Module Leader for SENM03 and SENM04.

I am also one of many staff that are Personal Academic tutors for our trainees on the PGCE Education (DL) course.


Research interests for potential research students

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), inclusive education, role of support staff.
  • Secondary Education
  • Inclusive Education
  • Special Educational Needs

Last updated 08 February 2022