EDM124-SENCO 3: Learners with Difficulties and Disabilities

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Anna Tsakalaki

Email: a.tsakalaki@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
SENCO 3: Learners with Difficulties and Disabilities is one of three modules specifically designed to meet the NCTL standards for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (SENCO Qualification). This module will explore some of the common types of disability that SENCOs would see in an educational setting (e.g. dyslexia, autistic spectrum disorder, communication disorders, etc.). It is a blended learning module where part of the module is delivered through lectures, and part is delivered via the virtual learning environment (Blackboard).


  • To increase the understanding of the main individual type of disability and explore teaching strategies for learners
  • To familiarise students with basic child development and causes of under achievement
  • To explore behaviour management techniques
  • To look at the role that mental health plays in academic achievement

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module participants will:

  • Enrich knowledge of the common barriers to learning
  • Critically reflect on how their school identifies and meets the needs of particular children
  • Analyse and appropriately apply the tools used in the assessment of children/adults with additional needs
  • Be able to identify and access specialist support for an individual student
  • Consider the role of technology in removing barriers
  • Discuss best practice in relation to transition and planning for the future

Additional outcomes:

  • Students will have developed increased skills in the areas of written communication and e-learning
  • Students will have the opportunity to develop networks of colleagues within their local area and wider Berkshire context

Outline content:
This module will explore some of the common types of disability that SENCOs would see in an educational setting (e.g. dyslexia, autistic spectrum disorder). One of the sessions of this module is available for SENCOs to arrange to meet their mentor or other experienced SENCO. This is flexible to support the individual learning needs of each person on the module.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

  • Lectures
  • Group discussions and short tasks
  • Independent study via the VLE
  • Blended learning tasks online
Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
External visits 6
Guided independent study 182
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
There is a written assignment which focuses on transition. It is 4,000-5,000 words and the specific topic and title is to be negotiated with the module convenor. It is designed to explore the way in which a school can meet the needs of an individual student by getting the views of some of the stakeholders.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
Students must achieve 50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission within one calendar month of the notification of failure

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: There is no required reading for this module.
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Students are required to make one visit a SENCO in another setting. Costs are variable, depending on distance from one school to another and any subsistence required.

Last updated: 18 September 2018


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