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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM271: SEN: Provision and Practice

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

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 key areas:

Overview of systems and management of special educational needs in England (national, local authority, school and class levels, national agencies, voluntary groups)

Overview of legislation and policy in England with particular reference to SEN/disability (history, Code of Practice, Equality Act, National Curriculum, Ofsted)

Organisation of schooling and assessment practices in England

SEN assessment arrangements (e.g. stages, statutory assessment, Education Health and Care Plans, Individual Education Plans)

 Categorisation and labelling

Models of provision (continuum of placement, role of local v central government)

Stakeholder perspectives and roles (e.g. SENCO, parents, classroom teachers)

Classroom observation

Practical school experience (including observations on practice, curriculum and pedagogy)

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 and teaching activities3015 x 2 seminars
Guided independent study10Preparation for seminars – reading, small tasks, developing questions – as directed
Guided independent study25Directed formative activity: researching and writing written analytic account of SEN systems (based on student’s own experience and/or student’s own country)
Guided independent study15Directed formative activity: reflecting on school visit and preparing paired presentation
Placement60School visits and two week school placement
Guided independent study160Carrying out literature review, analysing observational data and reflecting on school placement experience, then writing summative assignment

Online Resources

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

Department for Education resources and information.

nasen (formerly the National Association of Special Educational Needs)

Council for Disabled Children

Other Learning Resources

British Journal of Special Education

Support for Learning

European Journal of Special Needs Education