My work is focussed around special educational needs and inclusion. Previously I taught in a mainstream secondary school as an English Teacher and held the role of SENCO. I teach on foundation, undergraduate and masters level programmes delivering specialist inputs in my area of expertise. I am interested in multi-agency working and the impact of collaborative practices for the learner as well as the role of the SENCO and how policy translates into practice in real world settings.
Research and knowledge exchange
My Masters was in Enabling Learning, Inclusion and Institutional Development. My dissertation examined the impact on school systems of the new SEN Code of Practice 2014. Previously I have conducted action research into speech and language and the effectiveness of the support and outcomes for learners.
Teaching and subject expertise
Currently, I am the Programme Director for the National Award for SEN Coordination and also teach on the BA in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion. I am involved in the development of a new MA in SEN Leadership and have contributed to the development of short courses in Speech, Language and Communication Needs, (part of a suite of qualifications) working with colleagues to support understanding of barriers to participation and good practice in schools. I hold a PG Cert in Specific Literacy Difficulties / Dyslexia and am currently in the process of gaining the professional status of Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association.
My external work is based around multi-agency collaborations. I worked with Speech and Language Therapists in devising collaborative practices in schools which I then presented at regional and national Specialist Interest Groups for Speech and Language. I am currently involved in the ‘Medical Day for Education’ with colleagues from health to work towards developing an interdisciplinary community of learning, teaching and research. I continue with a range of activities based around improving best practice in school based professional contexts, including moderation for the IGCSE in English for Cambridge International Examinations; I am team leader for the Speaking and Listening component. I am also an examiner for the Professional Development Qualifications with Cambridge International Qualifications in Teaching and Learning and have been commissioned to complete work in relation to the development of a new professional development syllabus on inclusion. I provide consultation support to schools and SENCOs new to post in relation to SEN and inclusion and have delivered parental support sessions in collaboration with outreach services provided by local special schools.
Publications and research outputs
Hughes, L (2016) Complete English for Cambridge Secondary 1 Teacher Pack 9, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Available from:https://global.oup.com/education/product/9780198364733/?region=international
Hughes, L., Durrant, J. and Le Moine, G. (2016) ‘Skilling up for health and well-being – the professional development challenge’ in Professional Development Today 18 (4), pp. 16-25 Teaching Times Library, www.teachingtimesbookshop.co.uk