A teacher training masters degree to improve course participants' understanding of special education needs (SEN) is being rolled out at a college in Bury.

The masters degree programme is the latest addition to a portfolio of programmes at Holy Cross College opening up opportunities for the Bury community to follow a career in Education.

The courses available include undergraduate degree courses, PGCEs, and now, a masters programme, which are validated and delivered by Edge Hill University and influenced by the university's sector-leading academic research.

Dr Helen O'Keeffe, associate dean of Edge Hill's Faculty of Education, said: "Edge Hill is one of the largest providers of teacher training in the country and is at the forefront of developing the next generation of professionals in the sector.

“We are delighted to be growing our partnership with Holy Cross College again.

“This new programme allows current teachers to enhance their specialist knowledge and skills in the area of special educational needs or provides a lifelong learning opportunity for anyone interested in education.

“With the UK facing a shortage of teachers, community-based teacher development like this is crucial in reversing the trend and developing the educators of the future.”

The partnership between Edge Hill University and Holy Cross College is a longstanding one and reflects their shared vision and values of enhancing life chances and equal opportunities for all.

Holy Cross principal, Carina Vitti, added: “I am delighted that we can now offer a continuation of the excellent standards of lecturing and individually tailored support through to masters level, allowing our students access to the leading academic minds and research in Education at Edge Hill University.”

For more information about these courses, interested individuals can visit the Holy Cross website at holycross.ac.uk/courses.