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Unit information: Educational and Professional Studies SEND Investigation in 2021/22

Unit name Educational and Professional Studies SEND Investigation
Unit code EDUCM0075
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mrs. Carmen Meira-Garcia
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims


This unit allows student teachers to use their practical experience in schools to explore professional issues in teaching in secondary schools. The main strands of the programme are the classroom craft, pastoral issues, developing as a professional and inclusion. They will carry out an investigation in school which will support the development of their professional skills. The unit promotes evidence and research-based practice as a foundation for career-long personal and professional development. It provides opportunities for working with other professionals in school and in other subject areas.


This unit aims to set student teachers’ practical teaching experience in the wider context of key issues affecting teaching. It aims to provide student teachers with opportunities to explore the four strands (see above) through practical experience in school, as well as in dialogue with relevant professionals. They will reflect on and analyse their learning through engagement with a wide range of appropriate literature. The unit sets their subject based work in a wider school context, in order to enhance their classroom skills and understanding.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Student teachers will be able to:

  • Plan investigations of practice in school to develop their understanding of it;
  • Use ideas from a wide range of professional literature to develop their own thinking and practice;
  • Understand key educational issues which arise in their practice;
  • Work with other professionals collaboratively;
  • Present well-structured and clearly presented accounts of their investigations;
  • Begin to take responsibility for their continuing professional development as a teacher, by reflecting on their own development.

Teaching Information

Student teachers will attend a programme of lectures and seminars in preparation for the assignment. While university-based there will be a formal programme of lectures which may be face to face or online and while school-based they will take part in small seminars led by a member of school staff. They will be asked to consult relevant professionals in school to investigate their chosen focus, and to undertake lesson observations in order to evaluate certain types of educational provision in school. In the event of further school closures the school-based element of the course will move to online teaching and learning.

Assessment Information

Student teachers will draw on their reading and investigations in school in order to critically evaluate the effectiveness of the educational provision observed. They will submit the equivalent of a 4000-word assignment which will consist of a variety of components, including a literature review, an investigation of key educational issues and a reflective summative evaluation of their own development in light of their findings. ILOs 1-6


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.