- The Practitioner as a Professional Guide for those Working with Children and Young People with SEND
This module enables aspiring, practising special educational needs coordinators and those with an interest in SEND to investigate, critically evaluate and reflect on inclusive education and the impact on pupil participation and outcomes. You will critically evaluate and analyse evidence about learning and teaching in relation to a range of specific needs in order to positively improve practice.
Drawing on relevant research and inspection evidence about teaching and learning, the module will examine how a range of special educational needs and/or disabilities affect pupils participation and learning including social, emotional and mental health needs. There will also be a critical discussion of planning for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Strategies for removing barriers will be explored.
- The Practitioner as Leader for those Working with Children and Young People with SEND
This module enables special educational needs coordinators and practitioners to develop effective leadership. You will critically reflect on the generic attributes of leadership and how they impact on provision and practice for children with SEND. You will be able to make decisions in challenging situations and communicate effectively with colleagues in school, with other professionals and parents and carers. You will understand the role of coaching and mentoring.
The importance of working in collaboration with parents and carers is central to the module. Multi-agency approaches will be explored in terms of support, progression and transition for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. You will explore the characteristics of highly effective leadership through critical evaluation of key leadership and management processes and the tools that support change in schools. You will self-evaluate your own leadership including strengths and areas for development. You will explore the role of leadership and professional challenges in supporting and promoting a culture of professional learning to improve outcomes for pupils. Leadership of SEND will be analysed as a means to improve systems to collect, analyse and interpret data to inform school policy and practices to raise expectations, pupil participation and ensure challenging targets are set. You will engage with relevant theory and research.