Centre for Special Education and Disability Studies

The Centre for Special Education and Disability Studies in the Institute of Health, Education and Social Sciences is based at the Bognor Regis Campus. A key aspect of our work is to promote awareness of the values and ethos of inclusive practice in our Early Years settings, schools, colleges and in the community.

We are keen to be seen as a resource for all departments across the University, as well as professionals working in this field. We plan a number of events across the academic year which we hope will be an opportunity for us to meet and work together.

The purpose of this centre is:

  • To make significant contributions to students' knowledge and understanding of working with children and adults who have special educational needs and disabilities.
  • To be a resource base for University staff and teaching professionals to access relevant and up to date information.
  • To promote opportunities for research both at the University and in workplace practice.
  • To create local, national, and international links with people currently working, or interested in working, in a range of educational settings and services.

Our Courses

Study with Us

Students studying at the university have a unique opportunity to develop their knowledge and expertise in working with children and young people with special educational needs, disabled people and their families. In the latest National Student Survey, students rated the knowledge and understanding they needed for their workplace practice above average for the sector.

Since 2009 we have been recognised as one of the national providers for the mandatory qualification, the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination and continue to welcome SENCOs from Local Authorities across the south coast region, to study with us. We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study.

SENCO students working in a computer room
PGCert student listening in a classroom
MA Inclusive Special Education student helping a young pupil with her schoolwork
BA (Hons) Education, Special Needs and Disability student in a classroom
Teacher crouched down to help two pupils with their primary school work

Research and CPD

SEND Legislation

With the changes to SEND legislation since September 2014 affecting schools and children with SEND and their families, our aim is to continue to offer up to date and relevant training that supports innovate practice and research in inclusive special education.

We are happy to discuss your training requirements and work with you to develop a bespoke programme.

The Impact of Creative Learning

Heather Green, Senior Lecturer in Special Education has been working with a group of West Sussex special schools to evaluate the impact of a creative learning project with Stop Gap dance company.

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