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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM279: SEN Leading on Teaching and Learning

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The content of this syllabus plan is related to the syllabus plan in the related module EFPM278 SEN Organisational contexts. Some aspects of the content are common to both modules. The content will cohere with the professional requirements as set out in the SENCO Learning Outcomes. All aspects of the module relate to the critical use of research and inspection evidence about effective practice. Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Strategic leadership and management processes to support change, role of leadership in relation to professional development
  • Causes of underachievement – breadth and complexity
  • How children and young people's development is affected by SEND
  • High incidence SEN– implications for teaching and learning and inclusive practice
  • Theories of learning in relation to interventions
  • Barriers to learning, participation and achievement; discrimination, stereotyping and bullying related to SEND
  • Overview of effective practice – principles, national research and local projects, for example; potential of new technologies, person-centred approaches, multi-agency working, transitions and preparation for adulthood
  • Coaching and mentoring colleagues and deploying staff
  • Children and young people's and parents' participation and engagement
  • Consulting, engaging and communicating with colleagues, parents and carers and children and young people

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities18Lectures and seminars led by module tutors and guest speakers over 3 contact days
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities3Tutorials with local module tutor – face to face or virtual. You will devise a small scale action research study focus. You will discuss this and the progress of your study with your local module tutor. Your local module tutor will also provide you with feedback on a draft of your assignment.
Guided independent study3You will need to prepare for each contact day with directed activities and reading as indicated on ele.
Guided independent study50Research and produce literature review and action research plan
Guided independent study50Carry out action research study and initial analysis
Guided independent study176Write final version of your assignment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

DfE SEN pages

nasen (National Association of Special Educational Ne The section on A Whole School Approach to Improving Access, Participation and Achievement includes many useful resources

Training materials for teachers of learners with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties

Advanced training materials for autism; dyslexia; speech, language and communication; emotional, social and behavioural difficulties; moderate learning difficulties

Inclusion Development Programme

SEN Policy Research Forum 

Council for Disabled Children

Other Learning Resources

Electronic journals -

British Journal of Special Education

Support for Learning

European Journal of Special Needs Education

Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs