Specialist Mentor Course - PDN - University of Derby

SEND and Inclusive Practice: Specialist Mentor Course

This course is designed for teachers who are (or who wish to be) responsible for developing the confidence and quality of inclusive practice among student teachers, NQTs and more experienced staff.  The course has been developed by the ‘Professional Development Network for SEN and Inclusive Practice’ (PDN-SIP). This network is operated by the University of Derby and represents diverse educational professionals from the University, special and mainstream sector.

  • You’ll learn about the most recent research on how schools and teachers can bring about the most inclusive outcomes for diverse learners including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
  • You’ll l also learn about how to structure professional development so that your colleagues develop their skills and confidence in ways that benefit learners.
  • You’ll design and implement an enquiry based development project with a mentee.
  • You’ll reflect on the impact of this with other participants on the course.

The course is taught by Dr Deborah Robinson who is a researcher, practitioner and published author in the area of professional development for SEND and inclusive practice.

Cost: There is no course fee though schools will need to fund your cover.

Professional development portfolio: You will receive a certificate of completion.

Sessions: There are 3 sessions taking place at the University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus from 1.30 – 5pm.

Session 1 (5 November 2014)

What are the characteristics of inclusive schools and teachers?

  • Review of current research evidence on the characteristics of inclusive schools and inclusive teaching
  • Belief systems and inclusion
  • Criteria for inclusive practice
  • What developments might happen in your school and among your practitioners to enhance these characteristics?

Professional development activity: Structured evaluation situated within own school

Session 2 (26 November 2014)

How is inclusive schooling and inclusive teaching developed?

  • What processes support the development of skill and confidence among student teachers and more experienced teachers?
  • Enquiry based approaches as a model of effective practice
  • Effective ways to construct enquiries in the area of inclusive practice
  • Planning an enquiry to carry out with mentees.

Professional Development Activity: Formulating an enquiry plan and implementing it with a mentee.

Session 3 (25 February 2015)

Reflection and review of the impact  of the enquiry project 

  • Course member feedback on the outcomes of the enquiry with mentees
  • Progressing to accredited study.
  • Reflexive activity and inclusive practice
  • Characteristics of specialist mentors for SEND and inclusive practice

If you wish to book a place on any of these courses please contact Dr Deborah Robinson: d.robinson3@derby.ac.uk. The course is limited to 20 places.