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Speech, Language and Communication Needs: Application & Reflection30 creditsMaster of EducationOnlineContinuing Professional DevelopmentValidated by Middlesex University

You will need to pass Speech, Language and Communication Needs: Skills & Knowledge before you take this one.

Why take this module?

Apply the skills and knowledge that you have gained in the previous module to the development of professional practice in real-world situations (casework, school-based work).

Focus on reflective practice to enable you to continue to improve your practice well beyond the course – it’s the key to lifelong learning.

You will also learn to innovate, implement and evaluate holistic support plans for pupils with SLCN – based on theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice.

The course starts in May.

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

How will you benefit?

Develop professional expertise

  • Develop holistic profiles of the needs of children with SLCN and synthesise formal and informal assessment information.
  • Create evidence-based action plans that will enable you to overcome and/or manage the audit barriers that prevent children with SLCN taking a full part in school life.
  • Innovate, plan and evaluate evidence-informed support for pupils with SLCN.
  • Analyse the impact of evidence-informed changes to the learning environment through reflective practice.
  • Work effectively with Speech and Language Therapists and understand when you will need their expertise.
  • Develop your professional career and add this specialism to your professional portfolio.

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.

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 EPs know the education sector inside out.

Choose a start date that suits you

Start the module in May.

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

The module content

Strand one: Planning and implementing change in your setting

  • Collaborate with colleagues to consider how you would like SLC-friendly practice to develop in your setting.
  • Choose an area of provision on which to focus and create a brief development plan based upon it.
  • Create a reflective audit and action plan detailing the current barriers that pupils with SLCN face in accessing elements of school.
  • Produce an evidence-informed action plan to remove, reduce or overcome barriers to access.

Strand two: Evaluating the impact of intervention in the learning environment

  • Using our impact evaluation method review the effectiveness of an SLCN intervention.
  • Share and compare case studies with your tutor and peers.

Strand three: Reflect on leadership, management and change in your setting

  • Reflect on your collaboration with school colleagues and whether this has improved practice in your setting.
  • Reflect on your collaboration with professionals including Speech and Language Therapists and Educational Psychologists.

How will you be assessed?

You will need to produce:

  • Reflective audit and action plan: Submit a piece detailing the current barriers for pupils with SLCN in accessing elements of their school and create an evidence-informed action plan to remove or reduce these barriers (1,500 words).
  • Evaluation: Write an essay on the impact and effectiveness of changes to the learning environment to support SLCN (2,500 words).
  • Case study: Evaluate the planned support for a pupil or pupils with SLCN, based on a holistic profile of their needs (2,000 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?

The cohorts begins in May.

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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