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Doing work experience in a special school

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by R13, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. R13

    R13 Occasional commenter

    As Head of a special school I get requests for people to volunteer regularly but would be happy to see a request like yours. You'd need to complete application forms and CRB checks etc. but it makes sense - go for it
  2. Thank you!
  3. I'd say there's no better way of finding out whether you'll be suited to working in a special school.
    We have volunteers fairly regularly. I'm sure your local schools will be keen to have you.
    Bear in mind, though, that special schools vary greatly. You may want to consider splitting your time between 2 or 3 schools so you can form a better idea of the kind of school you would like to work in.
  4. I started observing in special schools when I was 15 (my auntie has worked her way up through the system and is now head of a special school and I used to observe her classes when we had different half terms-she works in Wales). It definitely helped me realise that this was what I wanted to do. Then, at university, I volunteered at a playscheme for children with autism and severe learning difficulties and now I am 3 years into a job at a residential special school. It is VERY challenging but I love it! I do agree, though, that special schools vary greatly so it may be best volunteering in a few schools. Good luck!
  5. Thank you for your replies. That's a very good point about special schools being very diverse. I was thinking of first of all contacting schools specialising in ASD or SLCN as I do have a little experience in these areas but obviously I'd be greatful to any school willing to have me! I think if I was able to get some work experience and decided I would like to work in a special school maybe I could then try to get some supply (although I'm not sure if special schools would consider non-specialist supply teachers) and/or look for a TA post to get more experience. Do you think this would be a good idea?

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