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Courses to get a foot in the door?

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by Vic123abc, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. Vic123abc

    Vic123abc New commenter

    Hi Everyone,

    I've decided that I would dearly love to work in a special needs school. There is a primary school near me for pupils with severe or profound learning difficulties. I have just returned to mainstream (two years off with children) doing part-time supply. I'm thinking of contacting the school in September to ask if I could do supply there.

    My question is, I don't have a great deal of experience with SEN, mainly autism in mainstream, so can anyone guide me to courses that I could do that would help get a foot in the door? Would learning sign language be of any help? As I'm supply at the moment they need to be courses that I can do outside the classroom.

    Any help or advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated. I feel so passionately about this change, I don't know why I didn't do it sooner! My mum just retired this week from working as a nursery nurse in a special school and I think talking to her just really made me realise what I want to do.

    Anyway, hope you all have a great summer.
  2. R13

    R13 New commenter

    I work in a special school like the one you describe and would personally value experience over a qualification - though signing would be hugely important in the classroom and also demonstrate some commitment on your part.
    I'd suggest you give the special school a ring and ask for a visit and tour and chat through your thoughts with the Head and see what he/she thinks
  3. Vic123abc

    Vic123abc New commenter

    Thanks very much for your reply. A visit would definitely be a good idea. Think I'll also have a look at signing.

    Thanks again.
  4. takethatno1fan

    takethatno1fan New commenter

    Have you got a spare morning/afternoon a week to do some voluntary work in the special school?
    You'll learn loads about SEN and also get your face known for when a job does appear. The school will also know how committed you are.
  5. Vic123abc

    Vic123abc New commenter

    Thanks, that did cross my mind. I could possibly do it for a short while. It would be good to see if it's really for me as I don't suppose you know until you actually give it a go.

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