ME7026: Inclusive Education: Supporting Children and Young People with Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs


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ME7026: Inclusive Education: Supporting Children and Young People with Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs

Module Title Inclusive Education: Supporting Children and Young People with Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs
Module Code ME7026
Module Tutor Lynda Kay
School School of Education
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module focuses upon the development of knowledge and understanding of theory and educational policy underpinning professional practice with children and young people (0-25 years) who have needs related to social and emotional health (SEMH). It will begin by considering the historical and political background which underpins current practices in educating learners who experience SEMH. This module will enable students to critically consider current research into theories of causation and the identification of SEMH and their impact upon learning, emotional well-being and resilience of learners. It will explore SEMH within the new SEND Framework. The module will encourage practitioners to objectively evaluate examples of current practice and be able to offer theoretical insight and practical guidance to colleagues working with learners with SEMH needs.

Indicative Syllabus

The module offers practitioners the opportunity to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding and personal interest in difficulties related to Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH). (in relation to learners aged 0-25 years in line with the new SEN code of practice) and will cover the following areas:

  • Concept of SEMH needs
  • History and aetiology of SMEH and the conditions which may be included or co-morbid with SMEH needs
  • Government legislation (including the new SEND Framework) and local policy and SMEH
  • A consideration of how characteristics within the profile of SEMH may influence a learner’s social skills, emotional well-being, behaviour and their resilience and the impact this may have upon their progress
  • Recognising characteristics of a SEMH profile and how this may present within an educational context
  • A critical analysis of the contribution of developments within neuropsychology to our understanding of SEMH within educational contexts
  • Understanding and disseminating technical reports to parents and colleagues working and caring for learners with SEMH needs
  • Critical analysis of interventions for learners with SEMH needs difficulties and tools for monitoring impact of interventions
  • Differentiation and approaches to assessment for learners (explore approaches across the phases of education).
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module participants will be able to demonstrate that they have:

  1. an in depth understanding of strengths and difficulties typically associated with Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) and challenging behaviours.
  2. a critical understanding of the theoretical explanations of the causes of SEMH needs.
  3. a critical understanding of the legislative and structural framework related to the implementation of inclusion / SEN policy in educational settings with specific reference to SEMH.
  4. enhanced knowledge and understanding of effective learning and teaching strategies for learners with SEMH.
  5. identified relevant theoretical, professionally-based sources and use these appropriately in work based professional practice.
  6. the ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of audiences including learners and other professionals.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 20
Independent Learning Hours: 280
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 40% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1500 words or equivalent
002: 60% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3500 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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