The module aims to nurture an ethical approach to teaching which places the child or young person at the centre of social and educational processes and is concerned with the realisation of their learning potential. You will develop your understanding of every child’s right to educational opportunity in order to develop more inclusive practices and learning environments. Emphasis will be placed on working in partnership with pupils, families and other professionals to enhance learning and achievement. You will also examine key issues in the language of SEN and inclusion and reflect on their impact on the development of learning and teaching practices in your own educational setting. These are critically analysed in relation to statutory and regulatory frameworks.
The module aims to examine and discuss evidence bases and practices that are relevant to the exploration of issues of inclusion for pupils with SEN and/or impairments. It aims to provide students with opportunities to explore and develop their own view of the evidence bases that support practices in their own (or other) schools or services. An understanding of the various research approaches and their associated methodologies will also be introduced. This will be achieved through discussion and critiquing published research. It also aims to challenge students to develop their own portfolios by critically evaluating evidence based practice and the impact of intervention in their own spheres of work or in another setting. The module seeks to undertake effective information seeking, analysing and presentation of both quantitative and qualitative data.
This module will enable students to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to critically explore inclusion as a concept that is at the heart of national and international policy-making. Inclusion is further fuelled by the requirements of the legislative context and students will be examining this. The concept of inclusion and whole school development as being related will be explored. Students will also critically examine inclusion as a cohesive whole school approach that is embedded in the school's ethos, mission, aims, priorities, policies and practices. Inclusion as part of the school's management and governance will also be explored, including strategies for effectively implementing a policy of inlcusion and translating this into practice. Students will evaluate a School Development Plan with particular attention to relevant policy documentation.