Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM278: SEN Organisational Contexts

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The content of this syllabus plan is related to the syllabus plan in the related module EFPM279 SEN: Leading on teaching and learning. Some aspects of the content are common to both modules. 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:

  • Relevant SEN and disability education, health and social care legislation, guidance, agendas, regulations, OFSTED frameworks and statutory processes
  • SEND funding – national and local models and contexts
  • SEN systems, policies, priorities and practices, including statutory responsibilities, in your own setting/context
  • Leadership – characteristics and professional qualities of effective leadership
  • External agencies and support
  • Data (national, local and setting level), accountability, protection, collecting, analysing and interpreting.

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 Activities18Lectures and seminars led by module tutors and guest speakers over 3 contact days
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities3Tutorials with local module tutor – face to face or virtual. You will discuss your 3 individual mini-assignments with your local module tutor. Your local module tutor will also provide you with feedback on a draft of these assignments.
Guided independent study3You will need to prepare for each contact day with directed activities and reading as indicated on ele.
Guided independent study30Reading and research around a government report, then writing a critical review of one government report in a specific area
Guided independent study100Reading and research around self- directed study one aspect of your school SEN data, then writing assignment on critical reflection on the use and understanding of (your school) SEN data
Guided independent study146Reading and research for small scale evaluative study, then writing evaluative study assignment

Online Resources

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

DfE SEN pages

Nasen (National Association of Special Educational Needs)

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 andbehavioural difficulties; moderate learning difficulties

Inclusion Development Programme

SEN Policy Research Forum  

Council for Disabled Children

Other Learning Resources

British Journal of Special Education

Support for Learning

European Journal of Special Needs Education

Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs

International Journal of Inclusive Education