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Are there many part time roles within SEN teaching?

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by jaq35, Feb 9, 2020.

  1. jaq35

    jaq35 New commenter

    Hi all, after 20 years teaching across eyfs and ks1, I left teaching to manage a pre school for children with SEN. Whilst I love being with the children the majority of my work is managing people and office based. I would really like to teach in a specialist provision but also have a young family of my own so am looking for part time work at the moment. Do part time positions come up or is most teaching in SEN full time? Many thanks.
  2. Flanks

    Flanks Senior commenter

    I suspect it is as common as it is in wider teaching, possibly more so because of the levels of sickness being slightly higher.
  3. jaq35

    jaq35 New commenter

    Thank you Flanks for replying, will keep looking.
  4. dzil

    dzil Occasional commenter

    In my experience it's less common than in mainstream because the children usually need a greater degree of consistency. Changing teachers part way through a week can confuse some children and stress others, especially in the early years.
    However; there are some part time roles and job shares. It all depends on the individual school and their set up.
  5. jaq35

    jaq35 New commenter

    Thank you dzil, I did think it could be for the consistency which I completely understand. Might just be that I have to wait until my own children are older and I’m ready to go back full time.
  6. SayItLikeItIs

    SayItLikeItIs Occasional commenter

    i worked mornings only as a SEN teacher in a special needs resource base in a MAT. Watch out for inflexibility of contracts offered by MATs: despite their giving me a .5 contract, in reality my bosses expected me to work .6, to fit in with the morning timings. A colleague went on to a .8 post at an ELP (Autism) Unit. They wanted a full-time teacher, but more importantly, she was the applicant that they wanted, and the maximum she wanted to do was .8. So she was taken on on that basis.
  7. dzil

    dzil Occasional commenter

    Some part time jobs in special school settings seem to be based on a subject specialism. Maybe that would work for you? I do know of some schools who have a part time PE, or art teacher or a food tech specialist for example. The classes are then timetabled to the specialist area and the class teacher has that lesson as a non contact. That keeps consistency and allows for part time work.
  8. R13

    R13 Occasional commenter

    In some areas of the country a good special school teacher is in such demand they could get a job and tell the school how many days they wish to work!

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