TE7045 - Coordinating Specialist Support

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What will I learn on this module?

The syllabus is designed to provide you with an overview of the role of the SENCo and related teaching and learning and school leadership theory. Particular attention is paid to exploring the key characteristics, needs and strategies that might be used to support children who present with a range of common physical, sensory, social and learning difficulties.

This module will explore the following topics

• The role of the SENCo as a leader in different contexts
• The responsibilities of the SENCo within the statutory and regulatory context for SEN and disability equality
• The use of practitioner research, theories and practical issues in curriculum planning for a diverse group of learners.
• Co-ordinating a team and including all stakeholders
• An overview of the key characteristics of common impairments that children who are identified as having Special/additional learning needs might present with.

How will I learn on this module?

Teaching and learning in this module will include a wide variety of strategies to ensure that you have a wide variety of experience
Opportunities to share and explore experiences and learning with fellow students will form an important part of teaching and learning strategies in this module, in particular you will participate in some small group learning, presentations, independent study, guided study.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Delivery of this module is blended to include face to face lectures and seminars which will be supported through a combination of online distance learning resources and online group tutorials.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. An understanding of theoretical and policy perspectives that underpin the role of the SENCo as a senior manager in the school

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

1. Examine and interrogate theoretical and practice based perspectives of differentiation for children who have physical, sensory, social and or learning difficulties

2. Explore and critically evaluate strategies to provide differentiated and appropriately targeted learning opportunities for all children

3. Examine the legislative and policy based responsibility of the school and the SENCo to support the child, the parent and colleagues
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

1. Enhanced communication skills
2. Further developed team working skills
3. Extended time management skills
4. Enhanced problem solving skills.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment and feedback will be both formative and summative and will be achieved through a 3000 word paper and a presentation of the paper (1,500 words equivalent).
KU 1
IPSA 1,2,3
PVA. 1-4





Module abstract

This module is intended to give education practitioners or those intending to work in education a background to the role and responsibilities of the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and the characteristics of the primary impairments that children who have special/additional needs might present with in both mainstream and specialist/special schools. The module will provide learners with the opportunity to critically review the role and responsibilities of the SENCO in relation to planning for effective teaching and learning and enable them to develop their awareness of specific characteristics of impairment and strategies that might be employed to support the children who have such impairments and the staff that work with them.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 3 years part-time
1 other options available

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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