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Experiences Teaching in SEMHD Schools

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by lorinsdad, Mar 6, 2019.

  1. lorinsdad

    lorinsdad New commenter


    I've just secured a new job in a SEMHD school teaching science but my current role is lecturing in a college. I have taught SEN classes in a mainstream school but not a specialist SEN school and that was 12 years ago. Can anyone give me some of their experiences as a teacher in this role?
    Typical class sizes are between 3 and 7 and it's secondary age children with a teaching assistant in each class. I'm interested in the kind of resources teachers use? How do I approach practical classes? What about safety in the classroom, particularly when dealing with agressive behaviour?
    Any feedback would be most appreciated.
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I suspect this will be a huge learning curve. My husband worked in mainstream ( PE ) and moved to (then not now) Residential provision.He finished his career there on the LT . I hope you get the opportunity to observe the staff in situ/ Teaching Assistants. I suspect practical work will be hard to organise and monitor because of the nature of the students and yet this is the one thing you want to pursue ? Class sizes may seem small but often the dynamics of the group ( or a pair ) can be massively disruptive. Make sure you know school procedures. I think many have compulsory team teach ?training to guarantee safety of both students and staff. Ask as many questions / what if ? as is necessary. Working in this kind of setting is not for the faint hearted but thank heavens there are those who rise to the challenge / challenged. Good Luck !
  3. lorinsdad

    lorinsdad New commenter

    Thanks for the reply, minnie me.

    I start the new role in a few weeks and I've already started to ask questions about expectations (me and the pupils). I'm hoping to meet with another teacher at the school next week for schemes of week and also get their point of view. I guess I'll be relying on the class TA until I get a better understanding of procedures.

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