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EDUC1042 Special Educational Needs

Module Overview

In this module you will learn about a variety of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SENDs). You will look at the impact of various SENDs on a child’s education and progress. The module focusses mainly on the following aspects of Special Educational Needs: - Developing a general understanding of various SENDs. - Different Educational settings – including Mainstream and Special Schools - Pupil Voice – the views of children with SENDs - Parent Voice – the views of Parents of Children with SENDs - Professional Voice – the views of Teachers and other Professionals who work with children with SENDs.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- Develop your knowledge and understanding of the key issues and legislation which relate to children with special education needs. - Enhance your knowledge of the processes of various kinds of special educational needs provision - Enable you to accommodate new principles and new knowledge that have recently been developed in the areas, and principles of, inclusive practice

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the values and principles behind special needs provision and processes and their historical evolution.
  • Analyse the concepts, theories and issues of policy related to special educational needs in a systematic way.
  • Use your knowledge and understanding critically to develop your position personally about policies, practices and processes related to special needs provision.
  • Articulate your own approaches about special educational needs, social justice and inclusion.


- An introduction to SEND - Where do children with SEND go to school? A general look at Education for children with SEND. - Where do children with SEND go to school? A look at Mainstream provision for SEND pupils. - Where do children with SEND go to school? A look at Special Education provision for SEND pupils. - Pupil Voice – sharing views of Pupils with SEND. - Parent Voice – the views of Parents of Children with SENDs - Professional Voice – the views of Teachers and other Professionals who work with children with SENDs - Becoming more familiar with specific SENDs through personal research - Sharing of knowledge of a particular SEND

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Typically, the module is taught in double lecture/seminars sessions. Normally, two sessions are set aside for you to present to your peers about information you have researched on a particular SEND to your peers. Teaching comprises seminars, lectures, student presentations, group and class discussions, posing and responding to questions and further reading/research around a variety of topics.

Independent Study125
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

General. A general reading list is provided for the module. You will also be given additional resources (such as links to videos and texts) on a weekly basis to support the individual lectures and seminars. All texts are either provided for you on Blackboard, or are readily available in the library.



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%
Individual Oral Presentation %


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s)  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no ‘additional’ costs associated with this module, other than the usual requirement to access appropriate texts for wider reading. All required texts are either provided on Blackboard, or are available for loan through the library.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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