- A special educational needs (SEN) teacher is specifically employed to work with children and young people who need extra support, or require an advanced programme of learning in order to reach their full educational potential.
- SEN teachers may work with individuals who have physical disabilities, sensory impairments (i.e. hearing or visual), speech and language difficulties, learning difficulties such as dyslexia, conditions such as autism, social, emotional and mental health needs, or have a combination of these difficulties.
- A SEN teacher may also work with gifted and talented individuals.
- A key aspect of working in this field is identifying individual needs and being responsible for creating a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment.
The work of a SEN teacher is often challenging and varied and may involve:
- Teaching either individuals or small groups of pupils within, or outside the class or home;
- Preparing lessons and resources;
- Marking and assessing work;
- Developing and adapting conventional teaching methods to meet the individual needs of pupils;
- Using special equipment and facilities, such as audiovisual materials and computers to stimulate interest in learning;
- Using specialist skills, such as teaching Braille to pupils with visual impairments or sign language and lip reading to students who have hearing impairments;
- Collaborating with the classroom teacher to define appropriate activities for the pupils in relation to the curriculum;
- Assessing children who have long or short-term learning difficulties and working with colleagues to identify individual pupils’ special needs;
- Liaising with other professionals, such as social workers, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and educational psychologists;
- Working closely with parents and guardians;
- Organising learning outside the classroom in activities such as community visits, school outings or sporting events;
- Assisting in severely disabled pupils’ personal care/medical needs;
- Administration, including updating and maintaining records of pupils’ progress;
- Receiving in-service training;
- Behaviour management.
- SEN teachers generally may work full time or part time
- Many teachers often need to work outside school hours to cover responsibilities such as preparing lessons, reviewing progress and writing reports, marking, attending meetings and preparing for parents evenings.
- Some teachers may also be involved in out-of-school activities, such as trips and sporting activities.
- Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE);
- School-centred initial teacher training (SCITT);
- Bachelor of Education (BEd);
- HND,BA or BSc
- 2-4 years experience working with children with special needs
- Evidence of Specific qualifications to teach pupils with hearing, visual or multi-sensory impairments.
You will need to show:
- Commitment to working with pupils with special educational needs;
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
- Initiative and problem-solving skills;
- The ability to manage confrontation and challenging behaviour;
- Team working skills;
- Organisational skills;
- An observant and responsive approach;
- Flexibility – it is important to be able to respond to the needs of the children and adapt or change plans accordingly;
- A positive, energetic and enthusiastic outlook;
- Patience, understanding and empathy with pupils and parents;
- A sense of humour.
Application Closing Date
20th February, 2017.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV’s to: firstname.lastname@example.org