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Engagement: Improving Outcomes and Attainment: Skills & Knowledge30 creditsMaster of EducationOnlineContinuing Professional DevelopmentValidated by Middlesex University

‘We have heard a clear message: parents need to be listened to more and the system needs to be more ambitious for their children… We need to respond urgently if parental confidence is going to be increased and children’s life chances improved.’

Brian Lamb, The Lamb Inquiry: Parental Confidence in Special Education Needs

Why take this module?

Cultivate your practical skills and psychological techniques to improve each child’s life chances and increase parental confidence.

Engagement: Improving Outcomes and Attainment: Skills & Knowledge will enable you to develop your listening, understanding and consulting skills with our practice-based approach. Explore partnership models, the factors that affect parents’ views and the assumptions that professionals may make in your workplace.

Learn from your findings and apply new techniques and interventions that will nurture your ongoing professional development.

Work with Brian Lamb – influential author of the Lamb Inquiry for the Secretary of State.

This is one of two complementary modules: Skills & Knowledge and Application & Reflection. They are worth 30 credits each.

The course starts in September, January and May.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

How will you benefit?

Add real value to your school

  • Bring expertise in-school and save money.
  • Develop practical skills, tutored by experienced professionals.
  • Access a wealth of practical resources, academic research and interactive materials to support you.
  • Develop your confidence to support the most vulnerable and complex children in your school effectively.

Develop professional expertise

  • Learn new techniques for listening to and understanding children, parents and their carers.
  • Bring your practice up to date with legislation, guidance and research.
  • Understand how ethics’ and human rights’ approaches affect relationships.
  • Consider the factors and assumptions that impact on people’s views.
  • Gain the necessary confidence and experience to use models of partnership to improve engagement, participation and outcomes.
  • Critically analyse the best methodologies to enable children and parents to express themselves (including evaluation).

Learn on the job

  • Harness your day-to-day professional experience and work with your tutor to develop your skills.
  • Theories, reflection and activities will help you to explore aspects of your own and others’ practice.

Engage with flexible e-learning

  • Study online and integrate your learning into your working day.
  • Work at a time and pace that suits you.
  • Take part in a flexible module that draws on a broad range of learning tasks and practical experience.
  • Work closely with your peers and dedicated tutors online.
  • Experience mentoring and work placements that really complement your learning.
  • Access our sophisticated online learning platform and utilise the latest technologies: video and multimedia content, case studies and problem-based scenarios, directed reading, structured learning logs, online discussion, online questionnaires, peer evaluation, student forum and webinars (with tutors and guest lecturers).

Accrue credits towards your MEd

  • Attain 30 Masters-level (M-level) credits when you successfully complete this module.
  • We offer an unrivalled range of follow-on, practice-led SEND courses that count towards your MEd.
  • Get 180 credits and the MEd is yours.

Connect with your peers

  • Obtain exclusive access to Campus OnlineTM.
  • Interact with your peers using our advanced learning platform and our unique student forum.

We will ensure that you never feel lonely or unsupported in your studies.

Liaise with experienced tutors

  • Enjoy dedicated specialist support from a broad range of experienced tutors.
  • Work with a learning coach, professional tutor and receive dedicated support from the tutor team – made up of experienced SENCOs/SEN consultants/educational psychologists (EPs).

Our SENCOs and educational psychologists (EPs) know the education sector inside out.

Choose a start date that suits you

Start the module at a time of the year that suits you – September, January or May.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

The module content

Strand one: Theory and policy

  • Familiarise yourself with the background policy, evidence and theory on parental and child participation in education, its challenges and benefits.
  • Use what you learn to critique the SEND policy document for your setting and compare it with those of another setting.
  • Develop your practice in this area by presenting your findings in a structured format to senior managers in your setting.
  • Gather your senior managers’ views regarding the development of provision.

Strand two: Parental involvement

  • Consider the current context and implementation of communication strategies in relation to parental involvement in assessment, intervention and the monitoring of outcomes.
  • Document the approaches currently adopted in your setting and their effectiveness both from your own experience and that of your colleagues.
  • Develop a strategy for your setting that incorporates what you have learned and put in place next steps to develop your own practice and that of your colleagues.
  • Draw on data gathered from three sources: your own experience of working with parents of learners with SEND; the experience of your colleagues; and the Individual Education Programmes (IEPs) that have been written in your setting over the past year.

Strand three: Engaging the learner

  • Evaluate your current approaches to involving learners with SEND in your setting – from identification and assessment, through to intervention and the monitoring of progress.
  • Consider the theoretical approaches to engagement across different age groups and areas of need.
  • Explore the various approaches to recording the view of the learner on the process in which they are involved.
  • Consider how your setting fares in engagement using data from your setting.
  • Develop a transition programme that brings together your research in a format that can be presented to colleagues and senior management in your setting.

How will you be assessed?

You will need to produce:

  • Critical analysis one: Write about how models of partnership with parents have developed over time (2,500 words or equivalent).
  • Critical analysis two: Submit a piece regarding the student’s local context in relation to guidance, legislation and recent research on how to listen to and understand children (1,000 words).
  • Critical analysis three: Produce a critique of the way in which parental views are elicited, including consideration of the notion of ‘evaluation’ in research (2,500 words).

Where indicated by your tutor, you may submit multimedia resources that you have produced within your applied practice as part of your final portfolio of evidence.

How is the module delivered?

  • You will develop your professional knowledge and understanding through practice – it’s the best way to learn.
  • Campus OnlineTM will support you with content that complements your learning every step of the way.
  • Study with some of the finest practitioners around and engage with outstanding content and practical activities that truly enhance your professional development.

Are you eligible?

Do you have an undergraduate degree?

You will need one to take this module.

Already working in an education setting?

You will get the most out of this module if you work in an education setting with children, young people or adults.

Or do you require access to an education setting?

You will need to get written permission from a senior member of staff to regularly access a setting. We will show you the best way to do this, enabling you to carry out our learning activities in your chosen setting.

Please note

As part of this process, you will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Are you based in an international setting?

This course is available online and can therefore be completed anywhere in the world. Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

How much does it cost?

We offer a flexible range of fees to suit your finances:

  • Single payment of £1,200 + VAT.
  • Three monthly instalments of £425 + VAT.
  • Ten monthly instalments of £132 + VAT.

Speak to us (01273 358080) or make a booking.

When does the course start?

Cohorts begin in January, May and September.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

Please note: as it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend to register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.

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Receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Engagement: Improving Outcomes and Attainment when you complete two 30-credit Engagement modules


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