Tracy Edwards, Lecturer

Tracy Edwards


Tracy is based in the Department of Digital and Transformative Pedagogy within the Carnegie School of Education where she teaches online distance learning programmes related to SEND and Inclusion. She leads the PG Cert National Award in SEN Coordination and is researching inclusive and innovative practice in mainstream and special schools.

After initially training as a History Teacher, Tracy spent twenty years working in two highly successful Inner London Schools: a mainstream secondary, and an all-age specialist setting. In these two schools, Tracy served in a variety of roles including Head of Humanities, Leader for Key Stage Three and Assistant Head with responsibility for Curriculum and Assessment. She developed a diverse teaching portfolio which included A-Level Philosophy, BTEC Health and Social Care and teaching Core and Foundation subjects to Year 7 learners in a special school, following a Primary Curriculum. She has also taught a developmental curriculum to Primary pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.

Most recently, as co-director of a Teaching School Alliance, based in a special school, Tracy led a large team of Specialist Leaders in Education. With this team, Tracy delivered an ambitious programme of school-to-school support, both across the UK and internationally. During this time, she had a part-time secondment to the role of RE Adviser to a Local Authority and had a Farmington Scholarship from Harris Manchester College, Oxford, to research the holistic development of pupils in a special school. Tracy has also played an active role in national policy dialogues around the assessment of learners with low prior attainment, and worked with the Department of Education on the implementation of the recommendations of The Rochford Review.

Tracy holds an MA in Gender, Education and Interested in SEND and Inclusion in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. At Leeds Beckett working on a funded transnational 'Proud to Teach All' Project, which involves partners from across Europe.

Current Teaching

  • Course Leader: PG Cert/National Award in SEN Coordination
  • Module Leader (MA Inclusive Practice in Education): Autism and Learning, Inclusive Pedagogy
  • BA (Hons) Primary Education

Research Interests

  • Lesson Study in special and inclusive school settings
  • Severe and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
  • Inclusive approaches to Global Learning and Cultural Education
  • Applied Philosophy and Ethics for Inclusion
  • Teaching and assessing independent living skills

Tracy Edwards, Lecturer