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Mrs Tanya Cotier

Senior Lecturer - Special Educational Needs

School of Education and Communities, SENSpecialEducationNeeds

  • School of Education
    University of East London
    Stratford Campus, Water Lane
    E15 4LZ

    I have spent many years working as a fully qualified teacher within the primary phase of education. I have taught in every year group from Nursery to year 6. During these years I lead in subjects such as PE and Science and have worked as a marker for Key Stage 2 SATS in Science and English. I have mentored NQTs and have been a SENCo for many years. when I was also part of the senior leadership team within the school.

    On leaving the classroom as a teacher I joined a local authority as part of the specialist teacher service. I have worked with schools in developing their skills in working with children with Speech, language and communication difficulties. This involved a mixture of supporting pupils; school staff and supporting school staff in working with parents. I then transferred to the team that supported schools in working with autistic students. This role followed a similar theme but also involved an increase in the amount of training we offered. Therefore I became an Autism education trust trainer and an ELKLAN trainer. We also offered bespoke training to schools and to families in order to develop understanding of autism; to better engage with pupils and families and to understand the potential strategies that could be used in order to enhance the education of all. We supported the development of parent support groups and worked with local charities allowing them to develop their support. From here I developed a dual role where I worked with the INSET Development Team. We developed needs lead training for SENCos and school staff to ensure the changing world of SEND was understood in schools and to enable them to better understand policy, legislation and translate to practice. Annual conferences were also held. I worked with this team as part of the NASECO award with Eastern Partnership where I taught, assessed and moderated both the teaching, learning and the course itself. I have supported over 300 SENCos in gaining this award.

    On going UEL as an HPL I have worked on the MA Special Educational Needs. I have delivered alongside other lecturers across a range of the modules with a particular focus on inclusion and on autism. I am currently a full time senior lecturer teaching across a range of courses and supporting students to achieve the best they possibly can in their discussions, written work and with the confidence and skills to apply their learning into the work place.

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


    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 Paula Bosanquet being a key player in the original research.  Nicole Whitelaw has also been a supporter of the developing work. The is research is exploring 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