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Does anybody work in a special needs Indy school?

Discussion in 'Independent' started by tigger82, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. tigger82

    tigger82 New commenter

    Hi all,
    I am applying to a specialist school for children with motor neuron impairments and I just wondered if anybody else here worked in a similar setting as I have a couple of things I'd like to ask about.
  2. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    To be ruthlessly honest, I'm going to have to point out that much of the independent sector has always been about academic excellence. To quote the Department for Education's website "The majority of independent schools are not specially organised to make provision for students with SEN".
    That's not to say that the very specialist type of area that you ask about doesn't exist, but you may find that few of us here have much expertise.
  3. sadscientist

    sadscientist Established commenter

    Sorry - but these seem contradictory?
    Just remember that the school you are applying to is not interested in what getting the job could do for you or whether you would love it - they want to know what you will do for them! So focus on that in your application. Your CPD activities in this area will be a big help.
    Clearer communication needed here - I can't work out what your question is about!

    Also - it is motor neurone disease - research it, use the information in your application and proof read for spelling very carefully, otherwise you will give a poor impression to the school.
    There are many of us in independent schools addressing the needs of SEN pupils at all levels, and it can be very rewarding for a teacher. It is a bit of a niche market but good teaching practice is the same in any setting, mainstream or independent. So focus on that, and good luck for your application.

  4. tigger82

    tigger82 New commenter

    <font size="2">Thank you for the
    reply. Was trying to type with a wriggly baby in my arms so my apologies for
    the spelling and confused line of thought.</font>

    I have demonstrated my skills and explained what I would bring to
    the role in my personal statement. The school caters for pupils with Cerebral Palsy so motor neurone
    function is impaired (rather than diseased) but I accept the spelling

    I wondered if there were any good sites for SEN research studies
    as I have been focusing on the journals and books. Not very clear in my
    previous post I know!


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