Tanya Cotier

Mrs Tanya Cotier

Senior Lecturer

Special needs education

Department of Early Childhood & Education , School of Education and Communities

Tanya is a senior lecturer in the School of Education and Communities, teaching on the MA SEN and the Early Childhood, Education and Special Educational Needs programmes.


  • BEd (Hons) Leicester University
  • MSc Institute of Education
  • MEd Autism University of Birmingham

Areas Of Interest

  •  SEN and disability - experiences of children, their family/parents/carers and siblings
  •  Views, voices and opinions of children and young people
  • Understanding communication and the impact upon learning and social development
  • Child development
  • Assessment 
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Tanya has an extensive background in education both from a practical and academic perspective. After gaining her BEd (Hons) she entered primary education where she taught across the early years and primary phases.  Tanya leads the teaching of subjects such as PE and Science supporting the development of the curriculum and effective assessment tools. As her career progressed she became a SENCo and part of the senior leadership team. Tanya worked closely with children, families, school staff and outside agencies and professionals to enhance the outcomes of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. 

As a specialist teacher, Tanya then achieved an MSc in speech, language and communication and an MEd in Autism. With these qualifications and the developing role she was able to support schools by working strategically to develop their understanding and expertise within SEND.  Supporting in the development of relationships between supporting agencies and families and enhancing successful transition processes. Tanya offered bespoke training and also acted as AET trainer and an ELKLAN trainer. As a part of this role she worked with Eastern Partnership to teach on their NASENCo award and as an assessor on the CERTSEY award.

Tanya has worked with UEL for over five years now and as a full-time member of staff since 2019 and became a Fellow for Higher Education in 2021. She is the course leader for the MA SEN, PG Cert in Understanding and Supporting Behaviour and the PG Cert in Autism spectrum conditions and learning. Tanya teaches across the modules for this course as well as on the undergraduate course with the Early Childhood, Education and  Special Educational needs teams.


Over the last few years I have been developing some work that formed part of my MEd dissertation. It was inspired by work from previous UEL staff member Paula Bosanquet who was a key player in the original research.  Nicole Whitelaw has also been a supporter of the developing work. The research explores how we can better train staff in the knowledge and skills required to better enable autistic children and young people in mainstream settings to become independent learners.



  • UG Special Needs: ED4068 Inclusion
  • PG Special Needs
  • ET7000/7001 work based development; ET7733 Autism