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    Virginia has been a member of the Faculty of Education since 2011 and her qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Education and English with QTS, an MA in Inclusion and SEN (with Distinction) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (with Distinction).  


    Virginia’s professional experience includes 12 years teaching in a variety of settings across key stages 1, 2 and 3, including two years in the United States. She is credited with an in-depth knowledge of inclusion and SEN, in relation to both policy and practice, which was recognised when she was asked to become the Course Leader for the National SENCo Award. Virginia is passionate about social justice within education, especially as this relates to learners with a range of Special Educational Needs and the role of the SENCos with whom they work. Her extensive teaching background, understanding of the demanding SENCo role and her academic knowledge of inclusion give Virginia both the practical and professional expertise to lead and deliver high quality teaching and learning on the National Award for SEN Co-ordination.

    Research interests

    Virginia’s research interests centre around inclusion and social justice in education.  She is particularly interested in the field of Special Educational Needs, the policy and practice of inclusive education provision and the tensions present within the SENCo role.

    Virginia is a member of a RIF funded team utilising photo-elicitation to investigate children, teachers and HE students’ understandings and experiences of educational inclusion and SEN.   She also took part in the Faculty Research Apprenticeship scheme, working on a collaborative project related to student teachers’ perceptions of ‘race’ and ethnicity.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

    Education/Academic qualification

    Special Needs and Inclusion, MA, How does Undertaking a Mandatory Award of Continuing Professional Development Affect Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators’ own Professional Practice and Understanding of Role?, Edge Hill University

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2012

    Education , BA, Education with English and Drama (QTS), Lancaster University

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1999

    Other positions

    External Examiner - York St John


    • LB Theory and practice of education
    • Inclusion
    • Special educational needs

    Research Groups

    • Narrative Research Network (Education)
    • Children's Rights and Wellbeing Research Network


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