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Mrs Nicole Whitelaw

Senior Lecturer

Cass School of Education and Communities

Nicole Whitelaw is a Senior Lecturer in the Cass School of Education and Communities. She is Programme Leader for the MA in Special Educational Needs, as well as the Postgraduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Conditions and Learning and the Postgraduate Certificate in Understanding and Supporting Behaviour. She teaches about special educational needs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

    I started my teaching career as a secondary English teacher in the West Midlands and Surrey. During this time, I co-ordinated Key Stage Four provision and provided training for colleagues on GCSE English and English Literature. I then moved to work in Special Needs Education, working at Whitefield Special Needs School in Walthamstow. It was at Whitefield that I completed an MA in Education, and went on to lecture on the MA programme there. I also provided INSET training for Whitefield staff, as well as staff at other schools and adult services, focusing particularly on autism. I am currently Programme Leader for the MA in Special Educational Needs at UEL, which involves teaching students at UEL and also in local schools. I also run CPD for schools in a range of areas, including autism, dyslexia and reading difficulties, working memory, attachment theory, behaviour and child protection.


    Programme Leader for:
    MA Special Educational Needs
    MA Special and Additional Learning Needs (distance learning)
    PGCert Autism Spectrum Conditions and Learning
    PGCert Understanding and Supporting Behaviour

    Module Leader for:
    ED6003: Critical and Global Perspectives in Special and Inclusive Education
    ET7727: Critical Perspectives on Inclusive Education
    ET7733: Autism Spectrum Conditions and Educational Approaches
    ET7738: Exploring Literacy Difficulties and Dyslexia
    ET7745: Professional Practice in SEND
    ET7746: Research Methodologies and Dissertation



    BA Joint Honours: Music and English Literature, University of Wales, Cardiff, 1999
    MA Arts Criticism, City University, London, 2000
    PGCE Secondary English, University of Nottingham, 2002
    MA Education, Kingston University, 2010
    SFHEA, 2015
    PGCert Educational Research, University of East London, 2016
    Vice-chair of governors, Mission Grove Primary School

    Overview




    Nicole has recently completed a PGCert in Educational Research, with a focus on the ethics of carrying out research with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Her other areas of research activity include:
    - emancipatory research with autistic pupils and young people
    - Sex and Relationship Education for pupils with Autism Spectrum Conditions
    - The role of the SENCo in social justice
    - effective CPD for teachers in the field of SEND
    - accessing authentic pupil voice for learners with Autism Spectrum Conditions
    - transition between KS2 and KS3 for pupils with SEND


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    Nicole is interested in all aspects of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Her particular area of interest is Autism Spectrum Conditions and how to empower teachers and learning support assistants to support learners with ASC throughout their school life. This includes areas such as Sex and Relationship Education, work related skills, communication, life skills and an understanding of autonomy and choice. As part of this, Nicole is interested in finding ways to access the voice of pupils with ASC who have limited formal communication skills.


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    ED6003 - Critical and Global Perspectives in Special and Inclusive Education

    ET7727 - Critical Approaches to Inclusive Education

    ET7733 - Autism Spectrum Condition and Educational Approaches

    ET7738 - Exploring Literacy Difficulties and Dyslexia - Themes and Perspectives

    ET7739 - Exploring Behaviour - Theories and Perspectives for Practice

    ET7744 - Professional Practice

    ET7746 - Research Methodolgies and Dissertation
    BA Special Educational Needs
    MA Special Educational Needs
    MA Special and Additional Learning Needs
    PGCert Autism Spectrum Conditions and Learning
    PGCert Understanding and Supporting Behaviour

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