Evaluation and Policy Analysis for Inclusive Education

Professional Education, Dubai campus

Summer Term
Course Type
Continuing professional development
20 credit hours
9,675 AED 
Dr Sarah Benson
Module Code11 31651 

This module is primarily concerned with developing your understanding of how to evaluate the quality of related aspects of education and life for children with SEND such as policy, curriculum, organisational structures, and programme effectiveness.

Specific topics for reflection will be identified related to current educational / SEND issues and will change from year to year, but, an example would be to consider and critically analyse how educational settings are currently reflecting on your SEND provision in the light of the current governmental direction and changes.

Specifically this module will address:

  • Identifying and assessing SEND
  • Different approaches to SEND in practice
  • Policies related to SEND practice and their efficacy and effectiveness
  • Organisational structures in schools and social systems that impact inclusive education practices

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you should be able to:

  • show critical awareness and reflective understanding of the ethos and principles in meeting the needs of children with SEND and illustrate how this ensures high quality practice
  • identify and use a wide range of relevant sources to support evidence based learning which is related to excellence in the quality of practice for children and young people with SEND
  • illustrate an understanding of how evidence-based assessment and progression in learning is essential when working with children with SEND
  • synthesize knowledge of evaluation and assessment tools to understand where and when to apply certain modes of enquiry and analysis to programmes and settings

Why study with us?

This professional development qualification is taught at the Master’s level, and is a full term university module. The University of Birmingham is a global top 100 University and the School of Education is ranked in the top 40 in the world, 12 in Europe and 9 in the UK (QS World Rankings 2020).

Our staff are world-leading researchers in their subject areas and are backed by leading research institutes such as the Autism Center for Education and Research (ACER) and the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research. This ensures that the curriculum is informed by current research practice and knowledge, and that it adopts approaches to learning that support the research ethos.

If all three core Inclusion and Special Educational Needs modules are completed, you will exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs.

Who should attend?

Classroom and certified teachers looking to gain insight and greater knowledge on how to become more inclusive or move into the newly created roles in the KHDA Framework, Leaders of Provision, Inclusion Champions or Governors. Current leaders of provision and special education needs coordinators looking to engage in scholarship in their subject area. Career switchers who are curious about pursuing their new career in education but not yet ready to commit and policy-makers who would like to expand their knowledge.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this programme are expected to have an undergraduate degree and relevant professional experience, training, or other qualifications and experience deemed suitable for entry onto this programme. The minimum undergraduate degree result must be at least a 2:1 or equivalent (GPA 3.0/4.0; or 75%).

You will need to demonstrate that you have a fluent level of written and spoken English. You can demonstrate your level of English with IELTS or alternative qualifications (TOEFL, PTE, Cambridge English). The minimum IELTS score for consideration is 6.5, with a 7.5 and above preferred.

Alternative English Language qualifications

For those joining us for 2020, we will accept the following tests as evidence of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL “At Home” Test
  • Duolingo English Test
  • Password English
  • Chinese College English Test (CET-6) (please note that this must be accompanied by at least a 6 week Pre-sessional English programme)

To apply for a single module please complete this application form and quote module code: 11 31651 

Learning and Teaching

Your lectures and seminars at the University of Birmingham’s Dubai campus will include:

  • Two teaching weekends at the beginning and end of term
  • Supported evening seminars
  • Engaging online platform

There will be a practical final assessment based on University Masters’ level criteria.