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The postgraduate diploma aims to help experienced teachers in mainstream schools develop the knowledge, skills and a deep understanding to deliver expertise on special educational needs (SEN).
The programme consists of six 20-credit modules normally taken over two years. Successful completion of the course will result in a Masters level degree. School placement and work in schools form a key part of the programme. The diploma content has been planned and designed to cater for creative approaches and flexible delivery systems.
Successful participants will strengthen their knowledge in inclusive practice and SEN to:
Additionally, participants will be able to use the knowledge and skills gained on the programme to influence and improve other teachers’ practice and collaborate effectively to instigate positive change.
The postgraduate diploma is most relevant to:
The modules within the diploma are theoretically topical and practically meaningful for participants in these particular positions and have been designed so that they are flexible enough to cater for varying circumstances.
The former TDA funded the development of a three year pilot project to develop the postgraduate diploma in leading on inclusive practice, with the aim of strengthening SEN expertise in schools.
You can also download a full evaluation report of the pilot.
A consortium of five universities worked on the pilot project to develop the framework. They tested the programme and the related resources, developed by experienced teachers, over a two year period, and their views are given in this video.
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