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Auditing and Leading Improvement60 creditsMaster of EducationOnlineValidated by Middlesex University


Group of SEN experts auditing provisionThe Auditing and Leading Improvement (ALI) module will enable you to understand the possibilities, complexities and challenges involved in the successful implementation of a project linked to developing inclusive provision for pupils with SEND.

During this module, you will complete a self-evaluation of your setting in relation to an area of inclusive provision, which takes into account the views of stakeholders, using data where appropriate, to inform and implement a school-based change successfully.

You will develop the skills to design and deliver a thorough and appropriate implementation plan that leads to in-school change, which will positively develop inclusive practice, as well as build confidence in preparing for inspection by external parties and for internal reviews.

This module is a core module on our Masters in Educational Assessment, but when combined with other modules can also be completed as part of one of our other Masters programmes: SEND & InclusionInclusive Educational LeadershipAutism, or Pastoral Care.

Why take this module?

Choose this module and:

  • Develop your understanding of auditing and interpreting data to deliver change
  • Lead an implementation plan and strengthen your strategic management/leadership skills
  • Create a real difference within your school or setting, and make a long-lasting meaningful change.
  • Boost your confidence when preparing for inspection by external parties and for internal reviews by senior leadership.
  • Choose from two different specialisms: SEND and Inclusion or Assessment
  • Achieve 60 Masters-level credits that you could put towards further study on our SEND programme.

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 September 2024. Book and enrol before 15 September 2024 to join our next cohort.

How will you benefit?

This module will benefit you and your setting in a wide variety of ways. Over the duration of the course, you will:

  1. Increase your understanding of your school context, in terms of the quality and impact of provision for pupils with SEND.
  2. Conduct an audit of your school or setting that enables you to explore the change that may be needed.
  3. Work at a senior level as you implement specific developments to the SEND provision in your school, allowing you to build relationships with leaders.
  4. Liaise with stakeholders in your school community to prepare and articulate an implementation plan that is suitable for your setting.
  5. Deliver effective changes that have a wide impact on SEND provision in your school.
  6. Develop new and updated knowledge of how to successfully implement a change that lasts and that developments to provision can endure over time.

The module content

The syllabus of the course is split into 5 strands:

  • Strand 1 – Leading change

Understand the principles of good implementation and how they apply to the provision for pupils with SEND.

  • Strand 2 – Explore

Develop the ability to self-evaluate, to consider effective programmes or practices and to apply them to your school’s particular context.

  • Strand 3 – Prepare

Undertake a thorough, analytical and broad approach to the preparation of a piece of whole-school change.

  • Strand 4 – Deliver

Monitor progress and make intelligent adaptations to maximise the purpose and impact of the programme.

  • Strand 5 – Sustain

Lead change over time, informed by accurate evaluation of impact.

How will you be assessed?

Your assessments will consist of the following:

  • Self evaluation questionnaires for you to check your knowledge and understanding throughout the module.
  • Three assessed tasks:
    – Practice Analysis Portfolio (which includes a 1,000 word analysis, evidence of your understanding of your school’s context, an implementation plan and evidence of the successful (or otherwise) implementation of the planned change)
    – Critical Analysis Task (3000 words). An analysis of the application of implementation science to the development of inclusive provision, including critical analysis of the delivery of the
    planned change.
    – Reflective Analysis Task (3000 words). A reflective journal that addresses each of the 4 steps in the implementation cycle, relevant to this piece of whole-school change.

How is the module delivered?

Our courses are delivered through Campus Online, our unique provision for online learning.

Campus Online allows you to study at your own pace, without the need to travel, or commit to particular dates or times. Log in to access your study materials, contact your personal tutor for support, connect and network with other delegates and make use of the extensive resource library.

You can easily track your progress throughout the course and submit your work and evidence of assignments for feedback.

Who is this course designed for?

This course will be beneficial for those working in a range of roles in a wide variety of educational settings. You must be in a position where you are able to audit current provision and implement improvements with the support of your school or setting’s senior leadership team. 

For the SEND and Inclusion specialism, you might be a SENCO, Inclusion Manager or working in another role where you are leading SEND and/or inclusion across your setting. 

For the Assessment specialism, you might be a SENCO, Exams Officer, or working in another role where you are leading the Educational Testing and/or Access Arrangements provision across your setting.

Are you eligible?

Do you have an undergraduate degree? You will need one to take this module.

Are you already working in an education setting? You will need to be working in an education setting for this module.

It is expected that delegates starting this module will have already completed other relevant qualifications and/or experience. 

For the SEND & Inclusion specialism, this could include one or more of the following:

  • Completion of the National Award in SEN Coordination (NASENCO) or another SEND/Inclusion leadership qualification.
  • Experience working as a SENCO, Inclusion Manager or another SEND/Inclusion leadership role.

For the Assessment specialism, this could include one or more of the following:

  • Completion of CCET, CPT3A or another level 7 assessment qualification.
  • Experience undertaking and leading educational testing and/or access arrangements in your setting.

How much does it cost?

We offer a flexible range of fees to suit you:

  • A one-off payment of £2,495 + VAT 
  • Three instalments of £857 + VAT
  • Ten instalments of £262 + VAT

For further information please visit our payment FAQ page.

Speak to us on +44(0)1273 358080 or make a booking.

When does the course start?

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 September 2024. Book and enrol before 15 September 2024 to join our next cohort.

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

How long does it take to complete the course?

You will have up to a year to complete this course. 

We do understand, however, that circumstances can arise that could prevent the course from being completed during this time. If this is the case, an extension can be arranged in conjunction with the admin team and your tutor.

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