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Unit information: Promoting Inclusion in 2022/23

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Unit name Promoting Inclusion
Unit code ACHSD0001
Credit points 20
Level of study D/8
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Rob Green
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

This unit examines developing effective psychological interventions to raise standards and promote inclusion generally and specifically for vulnerable groups such as disabled pupils and those with special educational needs. Recent evidence suggests that a highly influential set of factors concerns the images which adults hold in relation to disability and how these shape interactions at home and in school. Particular attention will be paid to the social context and construction of disability, integration and inclusion. Areas covered include: specialist knowledge related to impairments of learning and cognition, physical impairment, visual impairment and medical conditions; relevant legislation and guidance, policy development and issues of managing organisational change; developing partnerships and effective collaboration with families, pupils, early years settings, schools and other agencies.


To promote wide knowledge of learning, development and interactional processes in children, families and substitute care settings, including those social, medical, physical or psychological factors which have an impact. To ensure that all trainees have knowledge, awareness, skills and values that enable effective work with diverse client populations through a clear understanding of the demographic characteristics of communities including the influence of culture, gender, ethnicity, disability and factors influencing social exclusion. To enable trainees to think critically, reflectively and evaluatively, specifically with regard to the impact of differences and diversity on life opportunities, and the implication for promoting equal opportunities and ethical applied EP practice.

Your learning on this unit

Trainees will have an understanding of equal opportunities, particularly in relation to disability equalities issues and their relevance to all aspects of EP practice.

Trainees will develop appropriate psychological skills with regard to assessment, intervention and evaluation in order to identify needs, develop provision and promote change with individuals, groups and/ or organisations. To be able to apply educational psychology across a variety of different contexts e.g. mainstream and special schools, schools with resource bases and early years settings, through the development of creative approaches that draw on a wide range of theoretical models, frameworks and paradigms.

To recognise that inclusive practice evolves from robust educational, psychological, and social models, theories and frameworks with due ethical consideration. To promote the psychological well-being of clients with particular regard to their emotional and social needs and to facilitate their direct contribution to the assessment, intervention and evaluation process over time.

Have an awareness and understanding of relevant national policies and guidance, how these are implemented locally by LEAs and schools, and how these influence, or can be influenced by, EP Service delivery and policy. Trainees will have an opportunity to develop and present in-service training materials related to EP practice in promoting inclusion.

How you will learn

Blended learning will be delivered synchronously and asynchronously and will include guided reading, use of Blackboard Collaborate for input and group discussion, on-campus teaching where possible, and group work to make link links between research and professional practice

How you will be assessed

Completion of a 4000 word assignment which demonstrates a critical awareness and understanding of how the social context and related factors impact upon inclusive practice.


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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.