I am a Senior Lecturer in Education: SEN. My role is to coordinate and lead on the National Award for SENCO. The course is part of the Professional Masters Programme.
The National Award for SENCO is a mandatory qualification for all SENCOs new to post. Bath Spa University works in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Local Authorities to develop an exciting and interactive course which provides new SENCOs the opportunity to develop new knowledge and skills. We welcome all SENCOs from all Local Authorities.
Prior to this role I worked as a specialist advisor for SEN for Wiltshire Council, working with schools across the authority to develop and support SEN at an operational and strategic level. Additionally I also worked as independent SEN/ Dyslexia consultant, working with schools and parents in the South-West providing individual consultancy and whole school training. I began my career as a teacher in the primary phase and held the posts of class teacher, SENCO and assistant head.
Special Educational Needs is my primary area of research. My Masters degree focused on literacy support offered to Year 1 and 2 children who were identified as having literacy difficulties. I focused on the impact of a specific intervention in terms of progress and self esteem. My subsequent research areas have included: in class strategies to support children on the autism spectrum, training for Teaching Assistants, music therapy and the Early Bird parenting programme.
I am currently working on my PhD thesis, which explores the SEND reforms (2014) and the narrative of the SENCO as a key implementer of these reforms.
- MA Oxford Brookes University
- Postgraduate Diploma Autism Spectrum University of Birmingham
- Postgraduate Certificate Dyslexia/SpLD Bath Spa University
- Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education Bath Spa University
- BA(Hons) University College Worcester.
- Associate Member of British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA).
- Professional Association of teachers of students with specific learning difficulties (PATOSS)
- National Autistic Society - Early Bird Plus Tutor.
- Special Educational Needs
- Special Educational Needs Coordination/ Coordinator
- Autism Spectrum.
Research and academic outputs
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities reforms 2014: SENCos’ perspectives of the first six months
Curran, H, Mortimore, T and Riddell, R (2017) 'Special Educational Needs and Disabilities reforms 2014: SENCos’ perspectives of the first six months.' British Journal of Special Education, 44 (1). pp. 46-64. ISSN 1467-8578
Curran, H (2017) The changing role of the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator: the unsung hero of policy reform. In: #ResearchSEND, 11 February 2017, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall, UK.
Curran, H (2016) Parent partnership: SEND reforms and beyond. In: SEN South West Conference, 15 July 2016, Bristol Aerospace Welfare Association, Bristol, UK.
SEND reforms 2014 and the narrative of the SENCO: early impact on children and young people with SEND, the SENCO and the school
Curran, H (2015) SEND reforms 2014 and the narrative of the SENCO: early impact on children and young people with SEND, the SENCO and the school. In: BERA Annual Conference, 15-17 September 2015, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.