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Enquiry-Based Practice60 creditsMaster of EducationOnlineContinuing Professional DevelopmentValidated by Middlesex University


Enquiry-based SEND PracticeIn Enquiry-Based Practice, you will develop the skills and knowledge to produce culturally relevant and responsive services that make a positive difference. You will build upon your ability to link theory and practice as demonstrated in prior modules, by developing an understanding of the process of research, as applied to your own practice. After critically engaging with a body of knowledge related to your chosen research topic you will carry out a piece of enquiry-based practice, providing you with the opportunity to reflect on both policy and procedure within your own and other educational settings.
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You will undertake a piece of enquiry-based professional action research, which will help you to examine your own practice and that of others.

By the end of this module, you will have written four analytical pieces that clearly demonstrate your understanding of how enquiry, research and critical reflection significantly improve the outcomes of those with whom you work.

Why take this module?

Choose this module and:

  • Explore approaches to research design: case study, action research, experimental/quasi experimental, appreciative inquiry
  • Try out a range of methods of data collection
  • Examine the literature and body of evidence/knowledge related to the topic area of your enquiry.
  • Research ethics and codes of conduct as applied to enquiry-based practice.
  • Conduct and write up a literature search related to a specific area of SEND
  • Critique the literature/research evidence base related to a specific area of SEND or inclusive practice that is the focus for their enquiry
  • Design, implement, analyse and write up a piece of enquiry-based practice, including ensuring that all ethical issues are addressed

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:

  • Develop the confidence to lead a process of enquiry and action research
  • Focus your research on a topic that is of relevance to you
  • Engage directly with your setting through practical activities structured around your interesting and diverse assignments
  • Undertake an enquiry-based research project that makes a difference
  • Progress your professional career by being a leader in your setting
  • Attain 60 Masters level (Level 7) credits to complete your Master of Education

Choose a start date that suits you

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

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

The module content

Strand one: Understanding enquiry in the organisational context

  • Begin your research journey by examining the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of ‘enquiry’ and ‘research’.
  • Explore ‘action research’ and create a ‘research diary’ to record your perspective on the process.
  • Share your thoughts with other delegates – using the information that you have just gathered – and sketch out research topics/areas that you might pursue in your own setting.
  • Look at the application of action research (the RADIO model) and use it as a framework for understanding the relationship between research and organisational change.
  • Consider the ethical implications of your proposed research activities as you develop your project.
  • Examine the ethical principles involved in this type of research and consider how you will address them as you proceed through the module.

Strand two: Negotiating your research

  • Develop an ‘action research’ proposal that differs from other research methodologies and work with colleagues to agree on the way forward.
  • Develop a holistic research proposal using Campus OnlineTM documents that encourage you to keep your eye on the bigger picture.
  • Initiate your project in line with the RADIO model steps, gather the required information, and submit your project proposal at the end of the strand.
  • Develop your project through three tutorials, close discussion with the leadership team in your setting and project stakeholders.
  • Submit your project proposal and gain ethical approval from your tutor team.

Strand three: Gathering and analysing data

  • Start to gather and analyse information and data in the wake of your project proposal submission.
  • Develop and submit a draft of your literature review and the research that you have carried out on the current policies in your setting.
  • Gather research data as outlined in your proposal.
  • Develop your analytical strategy and complete an initial analysis of your data in preparation for the action planning stage of the next strand.

Strand four: Processing information and action planning

  • Move on to the RADIO phase known as the ‘organisational change mode’.
  • Share your data analysis with stakeholders, reflect upon what it might mean for your organisation as a whole, and work with your stakeholders to put together an intervention plan that delivers measurable results.

Strand five: Implementation, evaluation, and reflection

  • Implement and evaluate the final stages of the RADIO model.
  • Reflect on the research and development processes that you have undertaken with your colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Think about how you have met your proposal objectives, the challenges that you have faced, and the accommodations and adjustments that you have made along the way.

How will you be assessed?

Your assessments will consist of the following:

  • Six tutorials and self evaluation questionnaires to self-check knowledge and understanding through the module.
  • Three assessed tasks:

Critical Analysis 1 (2,000 words) A critique of two published papers that are relevant to the proposed research topic that includes:

Critical Analysis 2 (3,000 words): Literature review of the topic area for your research which demonstrates how key literature is used to formulate research aims and questions for the subsequent enquiry.

Practice Analysis 1 (2,000 words): Research proposals. You will complete a donated proforma that gives details of the following:

  • Research questions and aims
  • Methodology
  • Methods
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Ethical considerations: voluntary informed consent, right to withdraw, confidentiality

This proposal must be approved by your tutor and independently by another tutor who does not know your work. Data collection can only take place after approval. 

Practice Analysis 2 (5,000 words or equivalent): Account of a piece of enquiry-based SEND practice.

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?

  • 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.

Are you eligible?

You must hold an undergraduate degree.

You will also need to have completed 120 Masters-level (level 7) credits.

You will get the most out of the Enquiry-based SEND Practice module if you work in an education setting with children, young people or adults. In some circumstances, we can take delegates who are working in other organisations such as Local Authorities or academy chains.

If you aren’t currently working in an educational setting you will need written permission from a senior member of staff to regularly access a setting. We can show you the best way to do this, enabling you to carry out our learning activities in your chosen setting. 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?

The Enquiry-Based Practice 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 £2,495 + VAT.
  • Three monthly instalments of £857 + VAT.
  • Ten monthly instalments of £262 + VAT.

For further information please visit the payment FAQ page found here.

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When does the course start?

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 May 2024. Book and enrol before 15 May 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?

The duration of this module is up to one year.

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

Do you have a research topic in mind?

If you are ready to complete your MEd and wish to talk to us about the possible enquiry or research topics, please do give us a call.

You do not have to have a topic idea in mind when you enrol in this module.


‘Jane has been a huge support, is genuinely interested in your progress and has been helpful throughout. I am very happy to have had Jane as my tutor.’Penelope Kay

‘Campus Online is easy to access and clearly organised so that you always feel you can retrieve valuable and effective resources.’Amanda Thomas

‘All of the assignments were enjoyable to complete!’Marion Frankland

Module Leader

Dr Jane Yeomans

Enquiry-based SEND PracticeDr Jane Yeomans is a teaching fellow at the University of Birmingham and a vastly-experienced EP. She continues to be active in other Higher Education roles as External Examiner for the University of Manchester’s professional training course and for the University College London post qualification doctorate in educational psychology. She is a distinguished academic with over 30 years of experience as a teacher and EP in nursery, primary and secondary settings.

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