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Dr Seán Bracken

Senior Lecturer in Education & Programme Leader for SENCO PG Cert

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542370

The Institute of Education within the University of Worcester is well regarded as a leader in teaching and learning where links with schools and other centres of learning are pivotal. This suits my professional capacity to network with teachers and practitioners in order to bring about positive and inclusive changes in education. I seek out opportunities to engage in professional learning conversations with practitioners in the field. I am committed to developing sound practice within classrooms and schools which is based on reflective academic research. The practice of developing and sustaining communities of learning through on-line and face-to-face facilitation enriches my pedagogical approaches. I am passionate about educational equality and I particularly enjoy focusing on inclusion in contexts of diversity - in all of its manifestations.



Ed. D - University of Leicester (Thesis: Becoming other(ed): A study of minority ethnic identities in two non-urban primary schools. Available at

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
M.Ed. School Leadership – National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
M.Phil. Applied Linguistics – Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Certified Teacher Status – State University of New York, United States of America
BA (Hons) – National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

I am the Course Leader for the National Award SENCo (PG Cert in Special Education Needs Coordination). I teach on all three of the Level 7 Modules in this course and I manage course quality in the first instance. Given my experience of curriculum development in contexts of cultural and linguistic diversity, I also lead on elective courses in English as an Additional Language for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which prepares professional teachers for service in primary and secondary schools. Additionally, I collaborate with colleagues on several other programmes, including the BA Professional Practice, which is a Level 6 course taught in Devon and Cornwall. I also contribute to teaching and learning within a diversity of Modules on the BA in Education Studies. For all courses, I use blended learning approaches to enhance learners’ educational experiences. The role of tutor is also central to my teaching responsibilities, this provides welcome opportunities to work closely with undergraduate and postgraduate students.


Learner identity
Special educational needs
English as an additional language and bilingual education
Teaching and learning
Leadership and change management.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

British Educational Research Association (BERA)

National Association of Special Educational Needs (NASEN)

National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC)



Recent Conferences, Seminars and Papers
Becoming visible: comparing inclusive and special education policies, practices and research in Brazil and the UK. Paper presentation Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil (UfSCAR), 12-14 March 2015 

Linguistic inclusion, elision and subjectivities: The dynamics of language power at play in two English primary schools. Presenter AERA Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, USA. 16 – 20 April 2015

Supporting mental health, positive behaviour and well-being: Sharing best practice in education. University of Worcester in collaboration with Worcestershire Local Authority and Solihull Borough Council, Co-Organiser,16th March 2015

Children’s futures in the West Midlands; Addressing changes in policy and practice for SENCos (working in collaboration with Midlands Pathfinder in SEN) Organiser, University of Worcester, ARENA 

Assessing the impact of professional development on inclusive learning and teaching: Research findings from a review of the National Award SENCO. Presenter BERA Annual Conference: University of Sussex. September 2013 

Subjected self and becoming other(ed): A study of immigrant educational experiences in an English town. Presenter Centre for Learner and Identity Studies: Edge Hill University. 2011

Recent Publications

Bracken, S. and Devi, A. (2014) Paving the Way for the Children and Families Act: Implications for SENCos. In Every Child Update Issue 30. pp 30-35

Bracken, S. (2014) From national policies and sentiments to local practices and subjectivities: Mapping immigrant educational identities in a semi-rural locale. SAGE Open.

Bracken, S. (2013) Subjected self and becoming other(ed): A study of immigrant educational experiences in an English town. Research Paper Presented to the CLIS Conference Edge Hill University.

Bracken, S., Dart, G., & S. Pickering (2011) Evolution or revolution? An analysis of the changing faces of development education in the United Kingdom, in Development Education Review Issue 12. 

Bracken S (2010) Discussing the importance of ontology and epistemology awareness in practitioner research, Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching, Issue 4 

Bracken, S., Hagan, M., O’Toole, B., Quinn, F., and Ryan, A. (2009). English as an additional language in undergraduate teacher education programmes in Ireland: A report on provision in two teacher education colleges. Report on behalf of the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South. 

Bracken, S., Daly, N., Duke, R., and O’Rourke, D. (2009). Volunteering Charter: for volunteer pre-service and practicing teachers who wish to work in an educational context in countries of the Global South. Dublin: DICE Project.

Bracken, S., Clerkin, Á., McDonnell, B., and Regan N., (2008). Teaching and Learning in Plurilingual Schools   Dublin: DICE Project.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

University roles:

Centre for Education and Inclusion representative on the Institute of Education’s Teaching and Learning Committee
Academic staff representative on the University’s Diversity and Equality Committee.

External roles:

Governor, Fort Royal Community School, Worcester
External Examiner University of Portsmouth; BA (Hons) Education, FD A., Learning Support
Experienced reviewer; Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal
External for BA SEN degree validation, University of Northampton (2012).