TE7084 - Multi-disciplinary Collaboration and Professional Development

What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will explore the following topics:
• The responsibilities of the SEN(D)Co within the statutory and regulatory context for SEND and disability equality
• The role of the SEN(D)Co in liaising with other professionals and schools / organisations.
• Co-ordinating a team and including all stakeholders to provide person- centred support for learners with special educational needs and disabilities.
• Team dynamics and continuous professional development
• Managing transitions
• 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?

Your learning in this module will include a wide range of strategies to ensure a variety of experience. You will attend lectures and seminars which will provide you with theoretical, anecdotal and case study material to stimulate discussion and debate. You will be supported in engaging in self-evaluation of strengths and areas for development from which you will develop an action plan for future development for yourself and colleagues.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through a combination of online resources and online group tutorials. Opportunities to share and explore experiences and learning with fellow students will form an important part of the teaching and learning process. You will engage in small group learning, presentations, independent and guided study. Your module tutor will be accessible to you in person or through email, Skype or by phone. You will also be guided to other learning resources and support available through the university library.

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:
1Critical understanding of theoretical and policy perspectives that underpin the role of the SEN(D)Co as a co-ordinator of resources and support in the school.
2. Critical understanding of the legislative and policy based responsibility of the school and the SEN(D)Co to support the child, parents and colleagues

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Identify and critically evaluate sensitive and effective ways of supporting and working with families, carers and other professionals/ external agencies to enhance learning.
2. Ability to initiate and manage collaborative practice in teaching and learning in line with the inclusion/SEND agendas

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Enhance your communication skills through teaching and learning activities and through your discussion in your written summative assessment.
2. Further develop your team working skills both during teaching and in the workplace, which will inform your discussion in your summative assessment.

How will I be assessed?

You will receive both formative and summative feedback.
The formative processes will engage you in class discussions and mini presentations as well as a review of your draft work by your tutor before your summative submission.

In order to successfully achieve the summative task you will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence of inclusive practice and a reflective commentary.

KU 1 and 2
IPSA 1 and 2
PVA. 1& 23

You will receive written feedback and feed forward supporting future academic engagement, with a grade informed by the assessment criteria and the elaborated grade descriptor.





Module abstract

The title of this module reflects the key aspect of your role as a SENDCo and the role of professional development in educational practice. This module is intended to give you as a professional working within education a background to the role and responsibilities of the SEN(D)Co as a co-ordinator of resources and multi-professional support for the children and young people in their care. The module will present you with the opportunity to critically review your skills and understanding of the contribution made by different stakeholders with their experience and expertise of working with learners presenting with signs of common physical, sensory, emotional, social and learning impairments. Drawing upon your own experience and that of others, you will be supported to develop networks and supportive relationships appropriate to the needs of the children in your care. You will develop an action plan for your own professional development to stay up to date with changes in the sector which may include policy, procedures and education specific developments. Supporting your ideas with theory and research, you will develop strategies that might be employed to support children who have various learning needs. Various theories that underpin education practice like human growth and development, team dynamics and transitions will provide you with the confidence to work with different stakeholders to ensure positive experiences for children and young people with SEND. Emphasis will be laid on the need for continuous professional development for yourself and the colleagues you lead in your organisation. You will identify challenges to working with various stakeholders and how they can be addressed in order to ensure positive outcomes for learners and their families.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 24 months part-time
2 other options available

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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